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Roar on the Shore 2015

Bob and I went rode to Erie on Saturday, July 18, to attend this year’s Roar on the Shore event. This year marks the ninth year that this event has been held in Erie. According to the “Roar on the Shore” website, this motorcycle rally was created to serve as a fund-raising event for a local charity. Proceeds from this year’s rally will benefit Erie Homes for Children and Adults’ Project First Step. “Roar on the Shore” was a 4-day event this year (Wednesday-Saturday) and was held in downtown Erie, at Perry Square.  On Sunday morning a Biker Breakfast and Blessing of the Bikes was held at Presque Isle Downs & Casino.

On Saturday, after parking in Erie, just behind Perry Square, we checked out the wares at the vendor booths. Bob would have bought a pair of sunglasses and a hat, if he would have found any to his liking and affordable. If I hadn’t forgotten to do so, I would have purchased a Roar on the Shore t-shirt. As in past years, there were lots of motorcycles parked along State Street to wander among and admire.

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After getting our fill of vendor wares and looking at motorcycles, we walked down to Molly Brannigans Irish Pub & Restaurant for lunch. Bob ordered a Buffalo Chicken Wrap (fried chicken tenders, cheddar-jack cheese, tomatoes, lettuce & buffalo sauce in a warm tortilla wrap), with Coleslaw. I ordered a Pub Burger (8 oz angus reserve ground beef grilled to your liking & loaded with cheddar, bacon, sauteed onions, lettuce, tomato, guinness bbq sauce on a toasted kaiser), with French Fries. Our respective meals were delicious and very filling.

After lunch we staked claim to the location from where we would watch that afternoon’s entertainment.  We stood in place for a little more than an hour.  While waiting for the entertainment to begin, I heard someone near me make a comment about the Pittsburgh Steelers.  I looked in the direction the man pointed and saw a man dressed in a Pittsburgh Steelers outfit.  I didn’t know who the man was, but I took his picture.  When I returned home, I performed a short investigative search on the Internet and determined the identity of the man in the Pittsburgh Steelers outfit.

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 former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Louis Lipps

At 2:00 pm we watched a Stunt Show Featuring Brian Bubash and Friends. Professional stunt riding and tire-burning maneuvers were the features of the stunt show. The stunt show was entertaining.  I took several photographs during the show.  I am sharing those photographs in the remainder of this blog post.

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Near the end of the stunt show, a car was brought into action.

The stunt show was quite entertaining.  I hope that you enjoyed looking at some of the photographs and video that I took during the show.

We had a good time at Roar on the Shore.  We haven’t attended the motorcycle event every year.  When we do attend Roar on the Shore we don’t stay in the Erie area for the entire event, as many do. We ride up for the day (or a few hours).   We do enjoy ourselves for the time that we are there!

Roar on the Shore

Bob and I rode to Erie on July 18th and checked out the Roar on the Shore motorcycle rally. We didn’t stay at the rally for very long.  The main purpose for the trip to Erie was just to go for a ride and to eat dinner out.  We looked at bikes, checked out vendor tents, saw a Jagermeister girl on stilts and saw our very first drone.

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P7186411 4x6 Roar on the Shore Grand Marshal, Danny “The Count” Koker

We ate dinner at the Texas Roadhouse on Peach Street before starting the ride back home. On our way home we stopped in Corry PA at Tim Hortons.  Our friends, Shelly and Bob, along with their friends Patty and Jim, had arrived a few minutes before us. We chatted with the four of them, while drinking our tea and coffee.

“Bringing in the Roar” Parade

Bob and I rode our motorcycle to Summit Township in Erie, PA on Thursday evening to watch the “Bringing in the Roar” parade.  The parade departed at 6:00 pm from the Presque Isle Downs & Casino and reached our location around 6:15 pm.  For the next 50 minutes we watched as THOUSANDS of bikes rode past us.

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riding behind City of Erie Police motorcycle

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P7176390 4x6The parade came to a standstill.  I do not know what happened ahead to bring the parade to a standstill.  I sent this photograph, as a message, to the GoErie.com / Erie Times-News Facebook page this morning to ask if they had any idea of what happened to bring the parade to a standstill.  I haven’t heard back from GoErie.com.

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It took about 5-6 minutes before the riders started to move again.  I captured this video, as the parade started to move once again.

 

This year marks the eighth year that Roar on the Shore has been held in Erie. According to the “Roar on the Shore” website, this motorcycle rally was created to serve as a fund-raising event for a local charity. Proceeds from this year’s rally will benefit Saint Patrick Haven, a shelter for homeless men, many of whom are veterans. The shelter is located at 147 East 12th Street in Erie.  “Roar on the Shore” is a 4-day event this year (Wednesday, July 16, through Saturday, July 19) and is held in downtown Erie, at Perry Square.

Vacation at Home

I feel like we were on vacation this past weekend, without going very far from home.   I didn’t have to cook at all, Friday through Sunday.  We went for a motorcycle ride on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  We attended the Roar on the Shore motorcycle event in Erie, spent time with a friend from Virginia who is visiting her family here in Pennsylvania, and we attended a water ski show in Bemus Point, NY.  What a great weekend it was.  I will share a few photographs from our weekend with you.

We rode to Erie on Friday, July 19th, to attend “Roar on the Shore”.

This year marks the seventh year that this event has been held in Erie. According to the “Roar on the Shore” website, this motorcycle rally was created to serve as a fund-raising event for a local charity. Proceeds from this year’s rally will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Erie. “Roar on the Shore” is a 3-day event (Thursday-Saturday) and is held in downtown Erie, at Perry Square.

While in Erie we ate lunch at Molly Brannigan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant.  This was the view, while we awaited our lunch.  Bob ordered a Cobb Salad; I ordered a Pub Burger.  Both meals were delicious.  It was the first time either of us had eaten at this restaurant and would do so again.

This bar ice sculpture sat at the entrance to Molly Brannigans.  It sat outside in 90+ degree weather!

 

Besides admiring motorcycles parked along State Street and eating lunch at Molly Brannigans, we checked out several vendor booths (didn’t purchase anything) and saw the last few minutes of a motorcycle stunt show.  It was difficult to see the motorcycle stunt show, though, as a huge crowd had already gathered by the time we arrived.  As we were leaving, live music was playing.  The music sounded good; however, it was so hot in downtown Erie we opted not to stay.

On Saturday, July 20th, we went shopping in the morning at a garage sale in a town about 10 miles from our house.

We purchased a Radio Flyer wagon similar to the one shown in this photograph.  The seat belts are worn out or broken.  I ordered new seat belts yesterday.   The wagon needs cleaned out, too, before we take our granddaughters for a ride.  I am looking forward to taking the girls for a ride!

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We ate lunch at a newly opened restaurant in our hometown, Christie’s Downtown Pub & Grille.

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We each ordered steak subs.  The steak is not shaved steak; it is a thick, tender cut of steak. The steak sub reminded Bob of a steak sub that was served in the 1970s at a restaurant called “Teddy’s” in downtown Warren.  The steak sub was delicious!

Later that day we rode the motorcycle to Sheffield and crashed a picnic.  Our friend, Denise, who is from Virginia is visiting her family here in Pennsylvania this week.  We surprised Denise with a visit on Saturday afternoon.  Bob and I got invited to dinner 🙂

By the way Bob and I were supposed to make a return trip to Roar on the Shore on Saturday to meet up with motorcycling friends from Pittsburgh.  There was too high of a probability of rain for our friends to ride up from Pittsburgh, so Bob and I decided not to make a return trip.

On Sunday, July 21st, Bob and I went for a ride around Chautauqua Lake.  The lake is located in New York about 30 miles from our home.  We intended to stop at Bemus Point and Chautauqua Institution and perhaps in Salamanca at the casino.  Our only stop was in Bemus Point.  We stayed in Bemus Point longer than expected.  We arrived in time to watch a 45-minute water ski show.  After the water ski show, we ate lunch at the See-Zuhr House and took a walk along the lake shore.

Chautauqua Lake Water Ski Show
featuring the Chippewa Lake Water Ski Team from Medina, OH

I took this photograph at the conclusion of the water ski show.  The photograph shows the perspective from which I took the photographs of the ski show.  We could see very well to the left and right of the floating stage, but had to look through musical instruments and speakers to see the jump board that was right behind the stage.  The water ski show was free.  Other performances will be held on Saturday, August 17 at 1:00 pm and again at 3:00 pm.

After the water ski show, Bob and I ate lunch at the See-Zuhr House. We shared a beef on weck sandwich and chicken fingers, as well as a peanut butter ice cream pie.

This is the peanut butter ice cream pie that we shared.

The next few photographs are from our walk along the lake shore.

An artist at work at “A Stir of Artists” fine art show at Bemus Point Village Park

 Lake shore dining at the Village Casino

The trash cans in Bemus Point are photo worthy!

the Floating Stage on Chautauqua Lake

If you are ever in the Bemus Point area in the summer, be sure to check out who is performing on the Floating Stage on Chautauqua Lake.   The Bemus Bay Pops concert series is something you will not want to miss.

The Bob Seger Tribute band called “Hollywood Nights” was performing, as we were heading out of town.

When we returned to our motorcycle, we found another motorcycle sharing our spot. 
The other motorcycle was a Kawasaki Nomad, same as ours.

 

Some of the best vacations are the ones that you have at home!

Roar on the Shore 2011

We rode to Erie yesterday and stopped for a short time at “Roar on the Shore”. This year marks the fifth year that this event has been held in Erie. According to the “Roar on the Shore” website, this motorcycle rally was created to serve as a fund-raising event for a local charity. Proceeds from this year’s rally will benefit the Flight 93 National Memorial. “Roar on the Shore” is a 3-day event (Thursday-Saturday) and is held in downtown Erie, at Perry Square.

We arrived in downtown Erie shortly before noon. Our motorcycle has a license plate that reads “GO MAD”. Can you pick out our motorcycle in the photograph shown below?

Looking down State Street

Motorcycles parked on State Street at Perry Square

We checked out several vendor booths (didn’t purchase anything) and watched the Bill Dixon Stunt Show.

Bill Dixon Stunt Show

Bill Dixon Stunt Show

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The stunt show was a crowd pleaser!

 

We didn’t stay long at “Roar on the Shore”, as it was very hot in downtown Erie. There wasn’t anything happening to hold our attention either. The concerts wouldn’t start until evening. We left “Roar on the Shore” after watching the stunt show. We rode to Presque Isle State Park — the topic of my next blog post.

“Roar on the Shore” Motorcycle Rally

We attended Erie’s third annual “Roar on the Shore” motorcycle rally. According to the “Roar on the Shore” website, this motorcycle rally was created to serve as a fund-raising event for a local charity. In August 2007 more than 10,000 people attended “Roar on the Shore”. Proceeds benefited the John Kanzius Cancer Research Fund. In July 2008 more than 25,000 people attended “Roar on the Shore”. Proceeds benefited the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Erie, PA. Proceeds from this year’s rally will benefit returning Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and their families. Not only the local charity benefits from “Roar on the Shore”. An estimated 30,000 people turned out for this year’s “Roar on the Shore”, infusing an estimated $18 million to $25 million into local businesses, according to the YourErie.com article entitled “Roar on the Shore an Economic Boom”. “Roar on the Shore” is a 3-day event (Thursday-Saturday) and is held in downtown Erie, at Perry Square.

We left home around 10:30AM, en route Erie. We rode to Erie via Waterford, PA. It was slow going getting through Waterford. This weekend is Waterford’s annual Heritage Festival. Traffic was backed up getting through town.

Approaching Waterford, PA

Making Our Way Through Waterford, PA

Waterford Heritage Festival Grounds

We made two stops before arriving at Perry Square in Erie. Our first stop was within 10 minutes of our departure. We stopped in Youngsville to fill the fuel tank. Our second stop was in Erie at Wegmans on Peach Street for a bathroom break. We arrived at Perry Square around 12:30PM.

The first thing that we did when we arrived at “Roar on the Shore” was get something to eat. There were several food vendors from which to choose. Bob ordered an Italian sausage sandwich. I ordered chicken tenders with french fries. We shared the french fries, as well as a lemonade. While eating lunch, we shared a picnic table with a young man and an adolescent girl. I do not know the girl’s relationship to the man. She could have been the young man’s younger sister, his daughter or another relative. The girl was very polite. I told the girl that her hair, which was beaded, was very pretty. In response to my compliment, the girl said “thank you”. I told the girl that the corn dog that she was eating looked good. She said “thank you” and told Bob and me that our lunches looked and smelled good too. The girl was quite a talker; the man was quiet. The girl reminded me of my niece and my next door neighbor’s daughter when they were younger. Both girls could talk your ear off! I didn’t take a picture of the man and girl while we were eating. I did, however, take a picture of the girl later while she was playing in water at Perry Square.

Our lunch companion

After lunch Bob and I checked out the variety of vendors who were peddling biker-related merchandise. We ran into our neighbors, Tina and Scott, while inside one of the vendor’s tents.

Our neighbors, Scott and Tina

We also checked out some of the thousands of motorcycles that were parked on State Street.

Motorcycles were parked four deep along State Street.

Later in the afternoon we watched The Patriot Ride parade. The parade departed the Erie Veterans Affairs parking lot on East 38th Street at 3:00PM and headed to Perry Square. Our friends, Susan and Dave, rode in the parade.

Susan and Dave rode in The Patriot Ride Parade

We met up with Susan and Dave after the parade. We took each others’ photographs on State Street in front of the sea of motorcycles.

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Dave and Susan

We visited with Dave and Susan, while drinking coffee and smoothies at Starbucks. When we left Starbucks, we ran into two other people whom we know — Bruce and Laurel.

Laurel and Bruce

Bruce and Laurel walked over to check out our new (to us) motorcycle. Bob and I left Erie soon afterward.

We rode back home via Findley Lake, NY. When we arrived in Findley Lake, Bob rode the motorcycle onto a boat ramp.

Bob at Findley Lake, NY

When we rode into Findley Lake, I noticed a wedding party across from the lake. As we departed Findley Lake, I snapped a picture of the wedding party.

Wedding Party at Findley Lake, NY

We returned home around 7:30PM. It was a good day. We enjoyed riding the motorcycle and attending “Roar on the Shore”.

Click here for a map of today’s route.

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