PORT DOVER, Ont. — Sure, it rained on their parade, but the thousands of bikers who made the trip to Port Dover's only Friday the 13th party of the year didn't seem to mind.
Once again, Friday the 13th brought out a steady stream of motorcycles to this small Lake Erie town.
The brief spat of mid-afternoon rain that fell this year has cleared a lot of riders out of Port Dover in the past, but not this Friday.
“For a 30% chance, that rain wasn’t too bad compared to previous years,” said rider Dave Zagroski of Hamilton. “Now it’s getting muggy. It doesn’t bother us.”
And this being the only Friday the 13th of the year, bikers were eager to get their fix in — rain or shine.
By midday, bikes lined every street in rows.
“Traditionally, we’ll expect about 100,000,” said Staff Sgt. Rick Tout, monitoring the traffic in and out. “That would be a ballpark guess for rallies at this time of year.”
The Friday the 13th rallies began in 1981 when a small number of riders gathered at the former Commercial Hotel in Port Dover for a night out. It just happened to be a Friday the 13th. Chris Simons of Port Dover suggested the group meet again on the next Friday the 13th. From there, the rally grew by word-of-mouth.