Lets play some poker
Bikers are a generous group. Whenever there is a call to help someone in need the bikers always show their support for the community. This past Saturday was no exception When the call came from the VFW 4676 out of Universal City Texas. They were working with the American Legion 667 and members of the San Antonio Chapter Toros to have a poker run. The run was planned to benefit the completion of Veterans Park. The new park is to be built along the Cibolo creek. A nine acre track filled with trees and trails. Local tax funds have fallen short to complete the construction of the park. Dirt piles and large rocks have not been spread and set in place. It is work that requires large earth moving equipment to complete. There are not many companies out there who do that type of work for free.
The route was set to start at the American Legion hall 667. We got there a little early to get registered and have a chance to meet and greet with others. The hall was filled with mostly members of the American Legion. Older men and women who had proudly served their country in the military.
When the time came to head out and we geared up. Rolling thunder was heard down the streets of U. City as about 5 different groups of Harley’s and some metric bikes headed out. Now when I said that bikers are a generous group, I meant that, they are always given back to the community. But what I didn’t mention is that bikers always know how to have some fun too. If you have never been on a poker run before, here is how it works. There are 5 stops planned out on the route. At each stop you pick up a bead or token to prove you made the run/stops. At the final destination you turn in your beads and draw a hand of five cards from a deck. Whoever has the best hand wins. And today, we had $150.00 on the line for the best hand and $50.00 for the worse.
The weather was nice but it was warming up real quick. With each of the stops being a local watering hole we
made sure to get a cold beer while we sucked up their air conditioning. (Hey, I didn’t say we were not spoiled.)
At each stop I took the time to talk to different people about why they went on this run. Here’s what they had to say.
Hawkeye: I came to help a good cause, the veterans need their recognition.
Chief: I like the brotherhood and raising money for a good cause.
Mr. Cool: I came along for the scenery.
Pole Cat: I only came just to see what the damn Pig was gonna do.
Then someone turned the table on me and asked what I liked about these runs. I said “It’s simple to like these runs. When we roll into the small town in groups, people stop and look at us. You can see what thoughts are going through their heads. The first thought is: who are these guys and what do they want? The second thought is: What kind of trouble are they going to start? And the third thought is: Wow, that’s a cool bike, I wish I had one.
When the final destination (The VFW) had arrived we dismounted the bikes and headed for the A/C one more time. There we drew our hand of cards. Damn, nothing good for me. So we settled in for another round of cold beers and a plate of B.B.Q.
On that Saturday we were a brotherhood of Bikers that banded together for a common cause. We may have ridden in separate groups, but we were still together as one.
Ride HARD or Stay Home.