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A really short vacation, but it set a world record! May 10

We’ll get back and finish up the Olympics vacation spots later.  But a world record was broken in Hatfield, PA last Sunday, and you might like to know about it, what with it being only an hour or so from Serenity’s headquarters and all.

BMW has made motorcycles since 1923, and their factory has produced the finest-crafted, most dependable, comfortable, and durable motorcycles in the world. But they attract a rider who prefers to ride alone, and often for long distances (you need a pretty comfortable and dependable motorcycle for long distance riding). So it’s pretty hard to get many of them together in one place at the same time, unlike the more conformist brands, which I won’t mention, but one of whose initials are H and D. A couple years back a motorcycle club in Switzerland managed to get a hundred fifty or so together, and they put it in the Guinness Book of World Records. Well, last year (or was it this spring?) a club in Missouri said, “Hey, we can break that!” and they pulled 241 BMW riders together. Well. Then some guys in PA heard about that southern get-together and decided they could break that record. They filled out the 17-page record application, made arrangements with the local constabulary, who agreed to close the highway for the event, sent word out to everyone they knew, and on Sunday, May 2,  246 BMW riders got into  parade formation and rode together for two miles. (Guinness requires a ride at least that long to qualify as a “parade.”) The line of bikes had to be at least a half mile long. It’s not official yet—the Guinness people have to verify everything, look at the sign-in cards, watch the video, look at the pictures, and read the signed affidavits, so we can’t officially say we broke the world record yet, but I counted them myself, and there were 246. Here’s a picture of the parking lot where they all lined up.

246 BMW's in one place at the same time! Too many to fit in the picture.

Yes, a two-mile bike ride is a short vacation, but wouldn’t it be fun to set a record?

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