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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Trail of Tears 2015

Yesterday was the annual Trail of Tears motorcycle ride again. We've participated several times and yesterday we rode from Huntsville to Waterloo for the first time. In the past we'd always stop in Florence, but last year that stop was no longer there. 
We left the house shortly after 8:00 in the morning to make sure we'd be able to get to the Harley dealer ship before they started closing roads. We had LOTS of time to just walk around and look at everything! The people from Chattanooga rolled in around 10:30 and left the dealership around 12:45. Later than anticipated... 

Gestern war es wieder soweit, die jaehrliche Trail of Tears Motorrad Rally fand statt. Wir sind da schon oft mitgefahren, aber gestern sind wir zum ersten mal bis nach Waterloo dabei gewesen. In all den Jahren vorher haben wir immer schon in Florence gehalten, aber seit letztem Jahr gibt es diesen Stop auf der Fahrt nicht mehr.
Wir sind kurz nach 8:00 in der Frueh aus dem Haus um rechtzeitig beim Harley dealer zu sein. Ab einer gewissen Zeit werden saemtliche Strassen gesperrt und dann geht naemlich gar nichts mehr. Wir hatten SEHR viel Zeit um uns dort alles genau anzusehen! So gegen 10:30 kamen dann die Motorraeder aus Chattanooga an und gegen 12:45 ging es dann los nach Waterloo. Spaeter als geplant...

                                   Bikes as far as the eye can see... Lots of interesting ones, too!

Wohin man auch sah standen die verschiedensten Motorraeder, viele interessante waren dabei!

                                                        Heading out to Waterloo...

                                                     Auf der Fahrt nach Waterloo...

 The campground in Waterloo was really nice. They had lots of vendors set up and we got to walk around and take it all in. It was a good day, but also a long day. We made it home later than expected and were wore out from being on the bike all day. There are worse ways to spend the day though... ;-)

Der Camping Platz in Waterloo war sehr schoen. Sie hatten auch viele Staende aufgebaut und man konnte alles von T-shirts, Motorradzubehoer, Essen usw kaufen. Wir sind herum gelaufen und haben uns alles in Ruhe angesehen, war recht interessant. Den ganzen Tag auf dem Motorrad zu sitzen macht ganz schoen muede, wir hatten viel Spass, waren aber am Abend total fertig. Es war das ganze aber wert... ;-)


  1. Anke, I have seen bikers in groups, but never so many at once. Wow! What an amazing experience that must be. I've never ridden a motorcycle, but have had several family members who've owned bikes and loved them. Every time I think of Harley's I think of Elizabeth Taylor, she was a bike rider too. I'm so glad you had a great time.

  2. I love that you and your sweetheart participate in this every year. I'm fascinated by all the colorful bikes; some people really go all out!!!

  3. Wow, how amazing!!! I have done something like this before, but we were on road bikes, using our own power to travel :) Always fun to ride in a pack.

  4. It looks like you had ideal weather for the ride. I'm glad you were able to participate all the way through yesterday!

  5. that sounds amazing! and what awesome looking bikes.

  6. that sounds amazing! and what awesome looking bikes.

  7. look at how many people participated! That is just awesome and it looks like the weather cooperated and you had blue skies! I never tire of shopping at vendors even if I don't buy anything, I love to window shop.