LOTS OF LOVE TO GO AROUND MOTORCYCLISTS MAKE LOUDEST CHARITY EVENT OF THE YEAR.Byline: Carol Rock Staff Writer
CASTAIC - Castaic Lake Castaic Lake is a lake on Castaic Creek formed by Castaic Dam, in northwestern Los Angeles County, California, near the town of Castaic. The 323,700 acre foot lake (399,000,000 m³) is the terminus of the West Branch of the California Aqueduct, though some comes from the 154 mi² supporters were feeling the love Sunday when tens of thousands of motorcyclists roared into the recreation area that has been threatened with closure this year.
More than 20,000 motorcycle riders joined the 20th annual Love Ride, which benefited various charities including literacy programs and medical foundations, such as the City of Hope, the Muscular Dystrophy Association The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is an organization founded in 1950 which combats muscular dystrophy and diseases of the nervous system and muscular system in general by funding research, providing medical and community services, and educating health professionals and the National Kidney Foundation Not to be confused with American Kidney Fund.
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``We should have 20,000 more supporters,'' said Ray Graeber, treasurer of the Friends of Castaic Lake, a group that provides volunteer and financial support to the recreation complex.
Castaic Town Council member Tere Tucker was taking advantage of the captive audience by asking bikers to contact their state representatives in support of keeping Castaic Lake open.
Threatened with closure by recent county and state budget cuts, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors The examples and perspective in this article or section may represent an unduly geographically limited view of the subject.
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The Board of Supervisors is the body governing counties in the U.S. voted in September to allocate $753,000 from the general fund to operate Castaic Lake through January.
Most of the riders and visitors spent the day enjoying live music from opening acts Lee Rocker Lee Rocker (born August 3, 1961 in Long Island, New York) is a rockabilly double bass player. He is best known for his time as a member of Stray Cats. He is now a solo musician. and the Hansen Brothers and headliner ZZ Top, who played on a giant stage at the water's edge.
Vendors selling everything from leather to motorcycles parts, jewelry and bandannas, patches and massages did a brisk business, while thousands waited in line for a barbecue lunch that was included with admission.
The ride, started as a biker's carnival in 1981 by Glendale Harley Davidson owner Oliver Shokouh, began as a way to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association, of which Harley Davidson is a corporate sponsor.
The ride moved around over the years, settling in Castaic in 1993.
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``I've ridden bikes since I was a kid,'' he said. ``We used to put chain- saw motors and belt drives on our bikes. Then I started riding dirt bikes.''
McGinnis has moved up in the motorcycle world now, owning a 100th anniversary Special Edition Harley Davidson.
The thousands of motorcycles parked on the turf at Castaic came in a rainbow of brilliant colors and sported custom artwork. The crowd was a mix of bikers in worn black leather and those who favored boutique Harley Davidson outfits.
Even Pomeranians Rocky and Hopper, owned by Diane Read of Castaic, wore Harley sweat shirts to brace against the late morning chill.
Rena Thomsen has been participating in the Love Ride with her husband, Michael, for the past three years.
``He got me started,'' said the Arizona resident, noting that this was the first year in which they hadn't encountered rain somewhere along the route between Phoenix and Castaic.
``It is definitely fun. Riding has allowed us to see a lot of different places and meet some interesting people.''
Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252
(1 -- color) Jay Leno, left, and Peter Fonda warm up the crowd at the start of the 20th annual Love Ride in Glendale on Sunday.
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(2 -- color) A chain of motorcycles snakes north on Interstate 5 on Sunday toward the Love Ride's destination, Castaic Lake. This was the tenth straight year the ride ended in Castaic.
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(4) Tracy Langley of Bakersfield checks out a curious bike on display that promotes a ride in Montana.
(5 -- 6) Motorcycles are reflected in the glasses of Johnny Rodriguez of Hacienda Heights Ha·ci·en·da Heights
An unincorporated community of southern California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Population: 56,100. , above, as he pauses at a convenience store during the day's journey. The ride kicked off at the Glendale Harley-Davidson, where the ride originated from the company's support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Alicia Placentia, right, snaps a shot at the concert that ended the day's ride.
(7) Bikers form tidy lines as they approach Castaic Lake at the end of their charity ride. More than 20,000 riders participated in this year's Love Ride.
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