This weekend is a great time to be a rider in the Shreveport and Bossier City areas. It's the one time of the year, the precursor to spring, when the temperatures are perfect, not too hot and not to cold, for riding. Choices abound as one thinks about the winding roads awaiting them. Daytona Bike Week, the unofficial start of the riding season, kicked off last week and continues through today. Fortunately riders we'll have seasonably warm weather for their return trips home. Those who are not on their way back from Daytona will have options in the local area for riding, and with daylight savings time now in force, an extra hour of meandering the back roads and meeting up with old friends, or meeting new friends. A good place for meeting up with old friends or meeting new friends is the Bossier City Harley-Davidson shop which will host a St. Patrick's Day party and ride today. The St. Panty's Day (not a misspelling, folks) leather & lace ride and event will begin with first bike out today at 9 am; last bike out at 10 am. HOG (Harley Owner's Group) members ride free and it's just $5 for non-members. Ride starts at the dealership, 2225 Autoplex Drive, and will include four stops, Bossier H-D first and last, with Cindie's and Topp's in between. There will be a prize for the best jack black hand, a men and women's panty relay and a 50/50 drawing. Live Music with Crosstown Traffic featuring Paul Sloboda will entertain from 11:30 am to 2 pm. Lunch features fajitas and all ride participant will receive a ticket for a free meal. Non leather and lace riders and additional meals are $5 each.
If you really want to get your ride on, the weather on Sunday will be delightful. Some great local destinations that meander along scenic roads are available. Riders can head east to Vicksburg, and in just a couple of hours will be in a small, historical western Mississippi town that features riverboat casinos, the Biedenharn coca cola museum, a slew of quaint Bed & Breakfasts and the famous Vicksburg National Military Park. Along the way, stop at the Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Museum in Gibsland, LA and ride past the spot where the infamous couple met their demise. It's just a spot on the side of the road with a small monument, but a great photo opportunity.
For more ride suggestions, visit Pinky's Motorcycle Passion.com where you'll find a variety of ride selections. But, most of all, this weekend get off the computer, put the chores aside, and throw a leg over the bike. Head on over to Bossier City Harley-Davidson or just get out there and ride and enjoy the opportunity the weather and daylight savings time has brought. Ride safe and have fun!