Leesburg Poker Run "392"
Submitted by BeArPaW (Chuck Kelley), June 5, 2006
You will find out what's up about "392" at the end of this story.
EDB prez Dale Ford and veep Dick Moore (not Cheney!) joined the fine
bunch of 6 Deaf Bikers from Northern VA, for the 10th annual Leesburg
Poker Run in VA. After a nice hot breakfast at the Leesburg Fire
Station # 1, This group of 8 Deaf bikers rode with police escort cars
and bikers, plus a total of 236 bikes, all the way to the HD dealer in
Gettysburg, PA, non-stop.
Then they rode through some fine PA countryside lanes for 20 miles to
the next stop at Fairfield. Then they admired one really cool biker dog
with his own goggles and harness and seat. The dog's human master biker
is really a very nice fellow. He explained to the EDB/VA group that he
found this lost dog and adopted it. He hated to leave him at home so
he takes the dog riding with him. This dog has ridden 40,000 miles. When
the motorcycle is turned off, the dog is quiet. His owner says that
the dog gets excitable and barks and wags tail when motorcycle engine
is running. He did give us short demonstration. When we stand around
talking, all MC's were shut off. The dog looks so quiet and sleepy while
he sit in his special seat. The owner turned on the ignition switch of
his HD but not yet started engine. The dog then suddenly changed
his attitude, by becoming tense and raised ears, and focused on the ignition
switch. Everyone laughed at the dog's appreciation for riding. When
they were actually riding, the dog is excitably barking and wagging tail,
and shifting behind owner's back from left shoulder to right shoulder
But this was old news because Big Al (Al Manfredonio) and BeArPaW (Chuck
Kelley) had already seen him last year at Leesburg 9th annual Poker Run.
More fascinating and far out for this year, a new participant was a
real colorful and eye catching parrot. When they were having breakfast
nearby the Deaf group, they watched the parrot share breakfast of egg
sausage sandwich, plus drink water and eat ice from a cup. This
parrot loves to ride on the handlebars of his HD, protected by a windshield
with his colorful blue long tails flapping in the wind. Of course
he is protected with safety harness attached to his feet in case of unexpected
departure from handlebars.
It was only 8 miles from Fairfield to Emmitsburg through fantastic countryside
with smells of lilac and farms. After getting the poker stamp on their
sheets, the group departed for the return trip back to Leesburg.
Then there was an excellent hot lunch back at the Leesburg fire station
# 1. Everyone's stomach felt so good.
The deaf bikers did not win the poker hands, but 3 out of 8 deaf bikers
did win a door prize. Everyone in the fire station community hall
became so annoyed because they called out for door prizes using ticket
numbers starting with "392...", so many times, but many bikers had tickets
starting with "658", or "474". Both hearing and deaf bikers called out
for the announcer to shake the box more, to mix up the tickets. They
swore that if "392.." was announced one more time then they would go
The Deaf bikers are thankful for a volunteer sign language interpreter,
Charles Fitch, with Leesburg PD. He was with us from beginning to end,
and he repeatedly fingerspelled the ticket #'s for more than 60 door
prizes. His wife is deaf. He rode with the LPD chase truck and trailer
to each stop so that he could meet the deaf bikers and keep us updated
on the ride.
The Leesburg Poker Run always happens on the first Saturday of June.
It cost only ten dollars with full hot breakfast, hot lunch plus refreshments
at Gettysburg HD dealer. That is a very good bargain for an exciting
ride. EDB should plan to join this ride next year. The quality of this
ride is excellent, and where else can you get a hot breakfast and lunch