Here is my admission, right upfront: One form of transportation of which I am most afraid is motorcycles.
I’ve never ridden one and probably never will. Don’t ask me why, because I don’t have an answer for you. Perhaps it’s the sheer power or perhaps it’s your closeness to the road without protection.
I only know that, as a driver, I’m nervous approaching a motorcycle and extra cautious when I do.
But I do understand and appreciate those who love motorcycles and ride them either as a hobby or as a preferred method of transportation.
There certainly were a lot of happy motorcyclists on the road Memorial Day weekend, enjoying our beautiful Maine scenery and rider camaraderie.
One thing I notice about bikers is their attention to other riders.
There’s always a wave, or a tip of the head, as they pass by, reminding me of camp roads where you always acknowledge your neighbor with some form of greeting when you meet.
Which leads me to the point of today’s column.
Last year, Millinocket was host to the Maine State Harley Owners Group Rally, and it was such a tremendous success that members of the Millinocket Downtown Revitalization Committee are asking all bikers to return to their town, just for the heck of it.
Hal Cote, Dan Corcoran, Kathy Gagnon and Anita Meuller are members of the Millinocket Downtown Revitalization Committee.
The loosely organized group was so pleased with that HOG rally they are issuing a blank invitation for motorcyclists to return to Millinocket the weekend of July 17.
“This is a nonstructured event,” Cote told me. “If you want to come back, we want you to come.”
This is not a rally for Harley owners. This is an open invitation to all who own motorcycles to ride on up, over or down to Millinocket and make yourself at home.
“We want you to enjoy our restaurants, our bed and breakfasts, our area,” Cote told me. “We just know folks really enjoyed themselves so much we hope they want to come back.”
One of the main attractions might be a visit to the Pelletier Family Restaurant of Discovery Channel “American Loggers” fame. The restaurant will have a band that evening for all riders to enjoy.
Because this is an unstructured weekend, you will have to make your own plans, including where to stay, where to eat and what to do.
But Cote is more than happy to help.
“Anyone can just call me at 723-7213 and I’ll put them in touch with the right people,” he responded to my question about what people might do if, for example, they wanted to rent a camp for the weekend or even for a week.
“We’ve got lots of good places around here,” Cote said, and his group wants the bikers to return and take advantage of what Millinocket has to offer.
“What we’re saying is just, please, come back,” Cote said.
It doesn’t matter what kind of motorcycle you ride; whether you ride your own, ride alone, double up or ride in a group.
The folks in Millinocket welcome you with open arms, and hope to see you on July 17.
For information about what is available in the area, visit www.katahdinmaine.com, or call Cote at 723-7213.
Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; firstname.lastname@example.org; 990-8288.