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Ok, so we may not all fit into the “born to be wild” category, but for a few days out of the year you sure can participate!  Yesterday was another one of the incredible gatherings that Port Dover has become famous for.  Friday the 13th, one of the biggest biker rally’s in Canada.

I’ve seen some of the coolest bikes ever roll through town, and these bikers come from all over the country to show off (some even come from out of country!).  The most common being Harley Davidson, you’ll see plenty of pretty much every other make of bike you can think of.  Indian, Honda, Kawasaki, BMW, one of my personal favourites Triumph.  If you ride a bike, reading this isn’t news to you…you’ve probably already been down to Dover on it already.  But if you haven’t, this is one rally you want to check out!

This year marks the 32nd year of the tradition.  Back in 1981 it started when about 25 guys got together on Friday the 13th in November…they had a great time and decided that they should do it every time the calendar hit that date.20130913_163728_Richtone(HDR)

Imagine a town with a population of between 6 – 7,000 packing in roughly 70,000.  That’s what we had yesterday, and because of the cooler weather, that was a smaller one!  Last year in August we had by some estimates around 170,000!  How do we manage to handle that kind of traffic, you might ask?  Well, for one, the streets are closed to all vehicle traffic except for motorcycles.  Unless you’re a local resident (with a special resident pass), don’t expect to drive into town in a car.  If you want to join in the festivities, there are locations outside of town where you can park and take advantage of the shuttle service.

With the streets lined with motorcycles, you’ll see the plain and the extravagant.  Small bikes, and huge bikes.  Painted bikes, and solid chrome.  Custom paint jobs like you’ve never seen before, and custom themed bikes that will blow you away.

P1050407This tradition that started with just a few guys has turned into something so huge that the town has embraced, it attracts the young and old alike.  Food and t-shirt vendors fill the parks, and each and every bar is packed (don’t worry though…there are enough beer tents down nearly every other street, you’ll be able to find a place to drink).

The next one will be in December, but next year we have one in June.  It’s also the only one to happen next year, so expect it to be HUGE!  If you plan on coming down to see this incredible event, let me know…I’ll treat you to a drink 😉

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