It’s the same every Sunday Morning. The roar of heavy metal, and the “potato potato” of Hogs pulling into the parking lot. Leather clad legs swing over the seat as bikers and their babes head for the door. And sometimes, they don’t even wait until they’re inside before they start in with their rituals.
There’s praying and singing and worshiping. The First Bikers Church at 12th and Walnut is probably not what many typically think of as a gathering for bikers. But make no mistake, many of theses folks are bikers. They’re just Christians first.
Things will start a little earlier next week as they begin a Revival. It kicks off Friday night, May 1st at 6:00 p.m. Weather permitting, they will be in the parking lot. Members will bring food and feed as many as they can. No word on the menu, but I’m expecting more than loaves and fishes.
The Saturday activities will start at 10 a.m. and include games for the kids, motorcycle games, food, music, and testimonies. There will also be a night service. Again, weather permitting, in the parking lot.
All of this leads into the Sunday morning worship service. Sunday school starts at 9:30. A prayer circle meets outside at 10:45 and the church service is at 11.
This is the time of year when bikers find themselves with an embarrassment of riches. Many just like to ride and don’t need, or want, a particular destination. Others love riding their bikes, but like to have someplace to go to. If you’re looking for a motorcycle related event, then this is the time of year for you. In the spring and fall I often discover that two or more events I’d like to attend are at the same time but in different towns.
Next weekend, April 25 Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden will host their 2nd annual Poker Run.
Any ride to Camden is a good use of gas. Downtown Camden is as full of southern Arkansas Charm as one might hope. Work has taken me over there several times in the last few years, and I always looked forward to the trips I was able to make on the bike. The poker run looks like a fun event and supports a good cause.
— Guy Wheatley
Growing up in farm country, I learned quickly to not complain about rain. No matter that it and been dry all week and was now raining out my weekend, there was some big gruff farmer ready to take a shovel to my head for complaining about the rain his field so desperately needed. But I’m going to have to lament just a little about this weekend. The Pray For A Cure Rally is tomorrow from 9 to 3 at Hooters. This is a good cause and it’d be a real shame to see it rained out.
Listening to Neal Jones on the phone telling me about it, I get the impression he’ll be there short of a second Noah’s flood. Maybe even then. If you’re in town this weekend, drop by and see how they’re doing. You can call Neal for infomation at 903-547-6720, or got to the Ark-La-Tex Star Rider website. ArkLaTex Star Riders
They are also sponsering a Talimena run in May. You can get an application here. Talimena Run Application
The application says the deadline was April 15, but Mr Jones assures me they will take them until the end of April.
If you’re not doing anything on a Friday night, check out the crew at Texarkana Bike Night. www.texarkanabikenight.com
We’ve been meeting at Dixie Diner in Nash, but wanted to tryout the Green Tomato on Lake Drive tonight. I will be out of town this weekend so there will be an empty seat. I hope somebody will go and fill it for me.
— Guy Wheatley