New York - The Hells Angels Nomads NY held their 4th annual Bike Blessing on Saturday, April 24 this year. A bike blessing is a wonderful way to start the riding season and if you've never been to one, it is also an interesting experience. Literally hundreds of bikers participate (which means hundreds of bikes) and that alone is a beautiful sight.
The weather was perfect this year, unlike last year's scorching temps of 90+, this year the bikers enjoyed 65-70 degree temps. Before leaving the Sawmill, several ministers (in this case from the Melchizedeks MC) moved up and down the line of bikes, sprinkling holy water and reciting a few short prayers for the bikers. The ride began at the Sawmill in Schenectady and proceeded through several Schenectady neighborhoods to the HA clubhouse in Troy.
Waiting at the clubhouse was a buffet of hot dogs, hamburgers, and various side salad dishes. Guests were also welcome to mingle in the clubhouse if they wished and meet their hosts. There were representatives from clubs across the state as well as independent riders enjoying the band and the company. The atmosphere was filled with excitement and anticipation to mark the launch of 2010's "season of the bike." One of the highlights of the day was when HA members presented New York Rider Magazine staff members with gold necklaces designed with "81 Supports You" in the center. These were presented as a thank-you and recognition to NYR and its staff for their efforts in supporting the biker community, especially the clubs.
Mark your calendars now for the next event sponsored by the Hells Angels Nomads NY: May 21-23, "Jammin' with 81," in Schaghticoke, NY, info 518-271-8972 (vendors are wanted for this event).
Thanks to the Hells Angels Nomads NY chapter for the hospitality and for another great run !
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