“It’s exciting,” said Aida Hobson, who stepped out of her workplace with an American flag to wave as the riders passed Marguerite Avenue on East Coast Highway about 4:30 p.m. “I love it. I was just in New York City two days ago, at Ground Zero. I think that made it more emotional for me this year.”
Many of the motorcycles were adorned with flags, and riders gave thumbs-up and peace signs and honked as they drove past.
“Every year, I get goosebumps,” said Nancy Tredway, another worker who watched the riders pass by.
The ride began in Trabuco Canyon and will end in Laguna Beach with a small memorial. Long Beach Fire Department engineer Gary Biggerstaff founded the ride in 2003, and last year, about 1,000 riders participated.
Biggerstaff said he was expecting a smaller ride this year because of problems he had with a business partner who helped organize last year’s ride; read our earlier story here.