Biker Blog » 2009 Yuma Prison Run

May 6th, 2009

April 17, 2009 – April 19, 2009

 

Although most of the fellas left at the crack of dawn, my best riding buddy, Terry Cash, had to work through lunch so I decided to wait for him. The early group left to reclaim their shaded spots under the trees. The “Tree People” left Tucson down State Highway 86 through Ajo, Arizona and then up to Gila Bend. They got to the Yuma County Fair Grounds around 1:00 p.m.. True to their “Tree People” name, they took their time and enjoyed the wild flowers blooming on the side of the road. Terry and I pulled onto Interstate 10 at 3:01 p.m.. Terry really gassed it up the on ramp and I understood this to mean keep the afterburners on if you intend to keep up! So we humped it down the interstate at about 85 to 90 miles per hour. We stopped at Gila Bend for gas and a drink of water. I noticed that due to the high cross winds and the speed we were doing that my gas tank was nearly bone dry at about 120 miles.

 

After a fill up we were off again and we kept it at a very quick pace. We pulled up to the fair grounds in record time and had plenty of daylight left. After getting set up, went straight to the “Sausage Guy.” He had Cajun sausage, brats, polish sausage, and beef hot dogs. After that, went back to camp to check in with everyone. We all made it safe and sound. Thereafter, I found the bottle of “apple pie” moonshine a friend (who probably wants to remain anonymous) brought. That stuff was the hit of the rally. As word got out about the sweet nectar the Tree People had, we had visitors stopping by all weekend to get a taste. It was smooth as tea and sweet as honey. But just like Winney the Pooh Bear, there was some over indulgence in the honey bucket. No one got stuck in their tree, but at least one planted a face first kiss on the tree roots.

The next day was spent right there on site. As usual, the drinking started early and the bikes stayed on their kick stands. The Victor McLaglen Motor Corps put on quite a show as they do every year. The things they can do while riding a two-wheeler are shocking. It left me wondering, “How does a person figure out that they can do that on a cycle?” They must have busted their butts a bunch of times before they got it right. If you have never seen this group or the tricks they do, check they out at http://www.thevmmc.com/home.htm

 

Another group of guys I love hanging out with while down there is the Y-Knots Motorcycle Organization. Big Mike, Pam, Little Carlos, Lori, Linda, Vicki Shannon, Melissa, Cecil Rawlings, Scotty Shannon, Tommy, Fa-King Lenny, and the rest of the guys and gals are the nicest people you’ll ever want to meet. I have never walked into their camp without them putting a bottle of something in my hand. Just all around great people.

 

The Tree People, on the other hand, are a little more surly group. Just as great, but the ribbing does not slow down until the last guy is out for the night. In this group we had Craig “Asshole” Miller, Paul Markle, Jeff Markle, Terry Cash, Mike, Ryan, Billy Shannon. Again just the best group of guys to ride with. Mike and Billy brought their guitars and played a few of their original songs for the group.

 

The ride back home on Sunday was a lot more enjoyable. We slowed it down a little and this time I had time to enjoy the wild flowers. The Yuma Prison Run is always a great time. As the Tree People say, “It just don’t get no better than this.”


Norwalk Motorcycle Club Yuma Prison Run

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