We Survived ROT 2011.
Bill and I were warned to leave downtown Austin before 40,000+ bikers converged on the Austin area for this past weekend’s Republic Of Texas (ROT) Biker Rally. But due to “scheduling difficulties” we decided to ride it out [pun intended].
The actual rally was held at the Travis County Expo Center. The Doobie Brothers and Eddie Money were headliners. According to ROT’s official blog: “Rally goers were treated to live music, custom bikes, stunt shows and tattoos.”
Bill and I ventured out to watch the ROT parade on Friday evening. We waited patiently along Congress Avenue for the bikers to make the five-mile trip from the Expo Center. Texas Rollergirls skated around, trying to drum up business for their Saturday bout. Finally the parade arrived downtown around 8 PM.
After passing the Capitol, the bikers paraded south on Congress Avenue, u-turned near Second Street, and headed back north to park down the center of Congress Avenue. Except for the noise, exhaust fumes, occasional flames and quite a few scary-looking people, the parade was fun to watch.
Eventually most of Congress Avenue turned into a motorcycle parking lot. Bikers headed off to party on Sixth Street. The rest of us strolled among the bikes.