From the July 2010 magazine.


A rider in the annual Founders' Day motorcade finds new spirituality in Akron

FOUNDERS' Day comes once a year in the city of Akron, in the state of Ohio. I recently dedicated the first weekend in June to be there for the celebration of sobriety. And for me the best part was on Sunday, when a procession of motorcycles went to Dr. Bob's gravesite. Here there was such harmony, emotions, spiritual awareness and respect shown for Dr. Bob, but also for each other. We were held together through one common bond: alcoholism. People come from all over the world to take part in this celebration.

Last year, at 7:30 A.M., the roaring of motorcycles was all I could hear. Thousands of bikes--all different styles, models and colors--were lined up into four single file lines that took up the radius of one city block, near the University of Akron. The police blocked off the streets to provide safety for the motorcade and to prevent the bike procession from being broken up.


Maumee, Ohio

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