Sign Me Up - Aruba's 1st International Bike Week
Friday, May 6, 2011
How does pulling up to a Caribbean beach with a tropical sun blazing overhead and kicking down the stand on your motorcycle sound? Pretty close to paradise to me. That’s why when I heard the small island of Aruba is holding its first International Bike Week
The small Caribbean Island of Aruba is putting together its first-ever International Bike Week. Now I just need to figure out how to convince the boss-man that he needs to send me.
was ready to sign on the dotted line. I could handle listening to a steel drum band while sipping on a fruity rum-spiked drink. Of course, the island is only 33 kilometers long, so riding might be limited to short jaunts between towns, but hey, who cares. You’ll be on a tropical island.
An Aruban Harley club called the Terrible Tuesday Thunders is responsible for putting this whole thing together. The club was thinking of a way to pay tribute to the father of the Aruban nation, Gilberto Francois (“Betico”) Croes and to boost the island’s tourism trade, so it came up with the idea for a motorcycle rally. International Bike Week in Aruba is scheduled for October 30 – November 6, 2011, with activities planned every day. It will culminate with the official “1st Lustrum Betico Memorial Ride” on Sunday the sixth followed by a big Carnival-style party complete with costumes, music, dancing, jump-ups (don’t know what that is, but hey, I’ll try almost anything once) and fireworks.
Here’s a few of the other events organizers have planned for the week that I gleaned from the official program they sent me:
Sunday, October 30
The Official Opening Ceremonies with flag-raising followed by a spectacular cultural event. During this folkloric exposure of our dance and music, there will be plentiful tents with artisanal artifacts, souvenirs and local food for sale. Live Steel Band in the main beer tent and live entertainment during the whole evening on the main stage performed by local artists and bands.
Monday, Oct. 31
6 – 8 p.m. Sign up for the second ride of the week; the Halloween Masked Ride. Let’s join together for this Halloween Masked Ride. We will roll into the “Hot Zone” area in a “scary” motorized parade. But after the ride, don’t get off your costume and mask, because the party has just started.
8 – 12 p.m. After the ride, get comfortable for the biggest Halloween Party ever held in Aruba. Dim the lights and let’s change into the celebrity or monster that you’ve always wanted to be. Live music by Aruba’s hottest rock band: Honey Pot Site: Main Beer Tent. Prizes for best costumes (individual and pairs).
Thursday, Nov. 3
Let’s roll to the Northwest tip of Aruba and climb just a little to the majestic California Lighthouse. A great place to experience a breathtaking and stunning sunset, but get there an hour before. Move your bike to the edge of the hill because minutes before sunset people will stand right in your way and block your view. Good food there.
8 p.m. to Midnight Carubbean Nite Ride. This nite ride goes from AEC to the second largest city in Aruba, San Nicolas. It is a modern development that rose with the island’s oil boom. The area has a typical Caribbean heritage and exciting and exotic night life. We parade will cruise the mainstreet and the famous red-light district. A tour for bar lovers that will culminate in a dazzling Aruba –Caribbean (Carubbean) Night show with lots of Caribbean music, shows and dance.
Band line-up: Le Groove, Impak, The Failures o.a.
Organizers are expecting people to ship their motorcycles to the island, but I checked and there is an Aruban Harley-Davidson
dealer. He’s even got bikes to rent – one Heritage Classic, one Softail Deluxe and four Road Kings. Now I just have to find a way to convince the boss-man to send me. Moto industry photog Andrea Wilson said since it’s the first one, it’s an important moment in motorcycle history that needs to be documented. Think that will fly with my boss?
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