We ride to honor those we lose

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Began the weekend Friday with a motorcycle ride from Pilot to Jacksonville Cemetery to remember and honor Bobby and Pam Clark of Floyd County.  They died in a tragic accident coming home from a church service in Henry County on August 21.

Finished the weekend Sunday with a ride down to Roanoke for a Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group ride to remember Jeff Eller of Copper Hill, who died in his sleep on June 22.  He was remembered at the group’s annual gathering of members we lost last year.  Then we climbed back on our bikes to ride to Milanos between Christiansburg and Blacksburg for a dinner in his honor.

Three friends who shared a love of riding.  Three friends who were also more than friends.

All three were at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in November and December of 2012 to be with Amy when I struggled to recover from a motorcycle accident.  The doctors felt I would die from injuries suffered that night on November 9.  I didn’t and it was the help and support of people like Jeff and Stayce Elller and Bobby and Pam Clark who helped me pull through.

Those who ride understand the bond that exists among us who ride two (and sometimes three) wheelers.

We are there for each other and when we lose some of them we also lose a part of us.

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