Safety and celebration on tap for annual ‘Blessing of the Bikes’When you say your prayers and count your blessings, don’t forget your bike.
When you say your prayers and count your blessings, don’t forget your bike.
It may be a small group, but some dedicated riders from the Twin Ports gather at the kick-off of the motorcycling season every year to pray for a season of safety.
An annual Blessing of the Bikes ceremony will be held Sunday, May 26, at the Duluth Vineyard Church, 1533 W. Arrowhead Road. The event is intended for all motorcyclists, spiritual or not.
“We reach motorcyclists who don’t normally go to church and it’s a chance for fellowship,” Paul Khoury, a road captain for the Lake Superior Motorcyclists Association, told the Budgeteer News at the 2011 blessing.
Although the blessing is done for religious purposes, the ceremony takes on a celebratory mood as riders are getting out on the road for the first time.
The day kicks off with an 8 a.m. breakfast at Perkins in West Duluth and continues with a 9:30 a.m. ride back to the church, where there will be a worship gathering at 11 a.m. Free food from Famous Dave’s will be available at 12:30 p.m. along with live blues music. The actual Blessing of the Bikes ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m., and the ceremony will finish with an afternoon ride. Door prizes will also be handed out.
And even though they reunite with old friends and meet some new friends, the overriding theme of safety is not lost on these riders.
In 2011, Bill Polling, a member of the Seed of Abraham Motorcycle Club, attended the Blessing of the Bikes at the Duluth Gospel Tabernacle. He told the Budgeteer why he rides his motorcycle.
“It’s like being on a roller coaster, except that as the driver, you are in control of everything: timing, throttle, brakes.”