January 8, 2012

Thunder By The Bay

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The first weekend in January typically is when Thunder By The Bay occurs in Sarasota. Thousands of motorcyclists descend upon downtown. Although this is the 14th annual event, it's the first time I've attended.  Let's take stock of the event:

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The bikers couldn't mask their excitement to be in Sarasota.

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They admired motorcycles...

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...and strolled around downtown.   (I'm quite certain I was the only one in Ralph Lauren (turquoise tennis sweater) --- but no one seemed to notice or mind.)  

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We all made our way to lower Main Street where a large stage was erected....

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....and The Boneshakers, a Sarasota cover band, belted out some awesome Loverboy and Journey songs.

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I stopped bopping and singing long enough to capture this shot of the drummer wailing "Doooon't Stop Belieeeevin!"  Great stuff!  If you happen to be in the Sarasota area, Thunder By The Bay is still going on tomorrow.   Check out the schedule of events, which includes a blessing of the bikes at 9 a.m.  By the way, I bumped into two loyal followers, Martin and Pat, who immediately inquired if I was going to post Thunder By the Way on SDP.   How nice is that?!  Great seeing you.  And, thanks for sending so many people to SDP.  (I'll mention it during my annual review with management.)

9 comments:

Kathy said...

Gee, has the image of the biker mama changed!

Jim Klenke said...

Thats a lot of bikes. Nice shots.

Lowell said...

Amazing. Bikers seem to very social critters! It seems like most cities and towns in Central Florida have a bike week/weekend during the year. We've got a bunch of bikers right here in Stone Creek - they're all older than the hills but still having fun!

Cool photos!

Birdman said...

Rolling Thunder at the beach. Pretty cool. Loved to have taken a stroll here.

Halcyon said...

This sounds like an interesting mix of people. I think it's good when all types can get together and have fun!

Lois said...

Looks to me like a lot of fun was had by all!

Michelle a.k.a. Farmchick said...

Looks like some great people watching! The mask is just creepy.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Blimey, I bet the noise of all those bikes traveling along would sound a bit thunderous SRQ, excellent coverage of this event, would have like to see you 'bopping' haha!

Jocie Z ROCK said...

ha just the thought of bike mamma and preppy girl is cracking me up