This Saturday was officially the first perfect spring day. I wanted to spend it outdoors with my camera in hand, so when my friend from Florida told me about this (FREE) vintage chopper show in New Braunfels, I was in.
"Giddy Up Vintage Chopper Show is a custom motorcycle show at River Road Ice House in New Braunfels, TX on March 29th. The Giddy Up show features custom vintage choppers and will offer the chance to win a 1955 Panhead Chopper, built by Joey Cano."
Also, a fellow, brave redditor courageously decided to tag along, never meeting any of us. She wanted some adventure and I'm pretty sure she got it! She was a trooper and took all the culture shocks in stride. Props to you, Suzana!
The food was tasty, music was heavy and everything else was covered in leather, denim and patches. Never seen so many patches in my life. Despite the intimidating presence and atmosphere, everyone I talked to was overly friendly and inviting. I even got a free shirt (thanks Graham and Bud's Motorcycle Shop)!
A recurring message/outlook that I kept seeing was how accepting they were of death and the frailty of life. They surrendered to the fact that death is imminent and life is what you make it. They also have a kinship and respect for the wilderness. These aspects of their lifestyle and culture resonated with me. I found it really refreshing to see such blunt, honest viewpoints on life. It's a journey, you can die at any moment, so savor it and enjoy yourself. Do what you love with people you love and screw the rest.
Adding to that viewpoint, I met a guy named Nathan from Michigan. He was riding to California (if I'm not mistaken) with a friend of his. He had everything he needed on the back of his bike, strapped to his sissy bar. Living off the grid, camping out, no showers, no electricity, just going. That's something I admire to the fullest, and I'm glad I had the chance to talk to him for a while. Seeing so many doing this yesterday fuels and reaffirms my decision to make traveling a top priority.
I wandered around the whole event like a newbie, not knowing what the hell I was looking at. That's where my friend from Florida came in, he educated me in all the fancy ways of choppers. I can't really comment on these photos, but I just took pictures of the bikes I thought were cool.
It was an awesome day.