For the last three years, a handful of us have been making the trek out to Laughlin for the annual River Run. The first year, we went as an almost “bucket list” trip. Most of us never intended on going back, but we haven’s missed a year since. Like most trips, it’s the journey that makes the most memories. We’ve slowly begun to create annual rituals consisting of the same routes, gas stops, and bullshitting…most notably the short time it takes for us to get out there. What I mean is, the group of guys that make this run are close and have been riding together for a few years now. There’s a lot of trust that goes into riding 2up at triple digits, and it’s a trust that comes with a lot of time spent on the road together. It’s an artful display watching a pack of Harley’s navigate and negotiate a two lane highway littered with semi’s as they move from being peg to peg to riding that dotted white line as they split lanes between their four wheeled nemeses. One day when we’re rich and famous we’ll hire the Herbst helicopter to follow us out and get some video. I wouldn’t say that we time each run out there, but I think all of us are for sure watching the clock, seeing if we get out there quicker then the year prior. It’s pretty hilarious seeing the expressions on cars and other groups of guys on bikes as we pass them, for them to only pass us while we grab a refreshment, to then pass them again. It’s a sort of leap frog I guess, all the way down the 40.
Once in Laughlin, there never seems to be a plan or limit to what can happen. Whether it’s hoping on a boat and smashing up river, to realizing the down falls of riding in shorts during a sand storm, 2am second winds in the casino bars, and lastly, a run at the drags. Every year we have a new something or other happen, which I guess is why we keep making the trip back.
A special thanks to Chris Bridgewater for the overwhelming hospitality he shows all of us by letting us crash at his house while we are out there…read more about Bridge and his Land Speed Dreams here:
For more photos from the road check out the #fastpack handle on Instagram…