Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Bessie’s Cycle Barn Swap Meet

Written by  October 31, 2005

It was a good ole time had by all the Heifers and Hogs at the Barn, Sunday, October 16, 2005.
Bessie’s Cycle Barn in Irondale, Alabama, held one hell of a Blow-Out Swap Meet.

We helped them get flyers out, and we also sent about a dozen people over, and brought three with us. Two were friends of ours, Jim & Fay, who had come up from Florida, and Jerry, Leigh’s life-long riding buddy.

Jeff and Sherri from Bessie’s, had also contacted the local bike clubs, as well as a few of the bike shops, like Mike, from “Dirty Mikes” bike shop in McCalla who brought a ton of stuff to sell, as well as several individuals who brought a lot of parts to sell, some new, but mostly slightly used. Hence the name Swap Meet!

The event was scheduled to start at 1 p.m., with vendors setting up at noon. That plan, however, was all thrown out the window when a steady flow of people started arriving at 10 a.m., which meant the place was packed well into the evening. It wasn’t long before the inside got slammed! But everyone kept their cool, even though the temperature outside quickly rose to “HOT,” especially for those of us who had “leathered” up for the cool ride over that morning.

Since the food vendor failed to show, Sherri ordered in pizza for the restless crowd who were getting hungry enough to eat BESSIE. A band was brought in to entertain while shoppers mingled. There were those that were so wrapped up in the “mingle,” that they didn’t know the band was there. The plan is to move them closer to the front next time around. Jeff and Sherri seemed to feed off of what seemed to be chaos to the rest of us. They were in their element, and enjoyed it immensely.

Donna Elrod Thomas brought the Vietnam Alabama Memorial wall, along with the 2002 Yamaha V-Star Vietnam Theme Bike. The bike is in memory of PFC Jimmy C. Elrod, August 9, 1947- December 7, 1967.

We think that the first Co-Op Swap Meet was a resounding success, and we can’t wait for the next one. Many people went home with a lot of goodies. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Write-On and Ride-On

Story and Photos by Lynn Reynolds & Leigh Lilly:
Lynn Reynolds and
Leigh Lilly - Birmingham, Alabama