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Bikers in tutus?

I wasn’t unnerved peering down at the blue-green waters below around each side of the fuel tank.

The creaking cables and slapping of the planks were melodious to the chug of the Harley. One bridge down and one bridge to go, less than half-mile apart. The first bridge was metal, the second was a combination of metal with wooden planks. Crossing a bridge is one of those things that once you set your mind to do it, just throttle and go. Once the bikes were over to the other side of the abyss, they were parked, and we explored on foot. Sure enough, riding with a bike we call the “Rain Maker” (owned by Jody Jones) brought some wet stuff falling from the sky. We found out those old boards on the bridge get a little slicker after the rain as we exited back across. You can find the bridges of Brumley within 100 miles from our town of Houston. It’s worth the ride.

The June cruise-in was a success, with 39 bikes gathering at Highway 17 and U.S. 63. Thanks to Crowley’s HomeWorks for allowing us to use their parking area. The wind was high, the pavement hot. Great location, the hand-pattied burgers were delicious, but the next cruise in, we will seek a cooler environment. Visiting and enjoying one another’s bikes, the cruise-ins are always a great time.

The 6:30 p.m. July 17 cruise-in will be at Emmett Kelly Park. Come out! It is for motorcyclists and enthusiasts. Always a family atmosphere.

We are inviting all local groups to have the opportunity to run the concessions and pocket the cash. June’s cruise-in proceeds netted $100, which was donated to the Texas County Food Pantry. Contact me for more information. We are always looking at ways to help our community members and provide for needs.

Have you ever seen a biker in a tutu? It’s going to happen at the July cruise-in! We have several men who are willing to don a tutu to raise funds for the charity of their choice. Todd Dorman of Houston and Bruce Foster of Success have decided to wear their tutus for a minimum $100 donation to the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN).

For additional donations, they will pose for pictures with you and possibly take you for a ride. Bikers have the biggest hearts – and tutus.

Come out and see these real men who are not afraid to express themselves for kids. It’s going to be a great time. If Todd’s not cutting his beard for charity, he’s wearing a tutu! Wonder if his friends and co-workers at Romines Ford know about this one?

Life is like a highway, enjoy the ride.

Kerry York is a lady rider and resident of Houston, Mo., who coordinates monthly Houston Downtown Cruise-In events from spring to fall. Email