As we were enjoying a rare sleep-in this morning we were jolted awake by the arrival of a gaggle of motorcycles going by on their way to town for Bike Week. [How many bikes weeks do we have around here? We just had one a few weeks ago!]
Anyone who watched the hilarious satire on biking, Wild Hogs, knows what to expect. Imagine 20,000 members of the Del Fuego gang arriving at Gettysburg much as the cinematic gang did at Madrid, New Mexico.
Last year there were fights. More than were reported. And there were arrests, fewer than there should have been.
So, clogged streets, clogged stores, and no chance to get into Gettysburg's biker bar, the Pike.
So here is something else the great philanthropist David Levan has done for Gettysburg: an invasion of bikes and bikers at the height of tourist season. We wonder how many regular tourists could not come here to Gettysburg because the rooms are filled with bikers. Who'd want to say in a hotel full of bikers except more bikers? Great for the bikers, great for the hotels and restaurants, bad for everybody else!
On a recent journey back from Antietam Battlefield we came north on Maryland 491 to get to Blue Ridge Summit on PA 16. It is a beautiful ride on good road up the west slope of South Mountain. Just below the PA line is a biker bar. As we went past it, we were forced to dodge an elderly biker who appeared to be fleeing. Past the bar, we looked back and there was a large crowd watching two men, one with his hands on the other one's throat, while the other was reaching for a large rock on the ground. We can only imagine what the mentality of the crowd was like as they watched, with no one making a move to intervene. We can only guess at the outcome of the fight, and hope that no one was seriously hurt. It was an ugly scene, more ugly than anything in Wild Hogs, which had its moments.
We do not dislike motorcycles, nor do we dislike motorcyclists. We dislike bike week as intrusive, and out of character for Gettysburg, noisy, dangerous, and with a potential for big trouble. We dislike bikers who drive the noisy, illegal bikes that break noise ordinances wherever they go. It is nothing for one or two hundred bikers to rumble by Susan Star Paddock's home several times a day on many weekends out of the year. Susan led the successful effort to derail Levan, owner of the local Harley Davidson dealership, in his efforts to impose a casino on the Gettysburg area. So the bikers simply will not let it go. We suppose bringing this up will generate the usual thuggery on BoroughVENT, too.
Nevertheless, the local civic and business leaders here in Gettysburg and surrounds are lost at sea, spinning their wheels to squeeze more and more money from the tourists at the expense of the locals and those same tourists.
We need recall options for all our elected officials.
Imagine those men, all part of the force that brought casino gambling to Pennsylvania by secret vote, and then an illegal pay raise [Veon cast the only no vote when the pay raise was repealed!!!!], sharing a prison cell, and becoming some con's wife. It will never happen. Our wonderful, State Judges will find a way out for all of them. Watch, even if convicted, when sentencing time arrives, no jail time. The judges owe these men big-time. They got to keep their part of the pay raise. Their own court said so!
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