Motorcycle Groups Stops in Appomattox as Part of Tour
Appomattox Co., VA - Appomattox County and the town saw hundreds of visitors Wednesday all at once as they rode in on Harleys.
This is part of a Civil War tour called Battle Cry. It's a four-day tour along the East Coast. Wednesday, the group left Richmond and made their first stop where the civil war ended.
The HOGS, also known as the Harley Owners Group, have traveled the world together on two wheels. But together, they had never been to Appomattox.
"Southern India and South Africa. We took the royal princes biking in 2008, both William and Harry," said Richie Finney, tour coordinator.
Richie Finney is from England. He helped plan the route for the trip.
"Motorcycling is a sport for everybody. I mean, you don't know whether that guy is a Lord or a plumber. Variably, the plumber has a bit more money than the Lord named Joe," he said.
"It's so neat to talk to people from all over the world," said Linda Lipscomb, site director of the Museum of the Confederacy.
Biker Larry Wilchynski is from Michigan.
"It's about the comradery of meeting other folks, seeing where they're from, swapping stories and getting to know people," said Wilchynski.
Bikers had the chance to tour the Museum of the Confederacy and the Appomattox Courthouse National Historical Park. Local vendors set up to make sure all the bikers were fed, giving the tourists a little history lesson with their order.
"Do you want the General Lee or McLean?" said Sheila from the Babcock House.
The General Lee is ham and turkey and the McLean is chicken salad. Local businesses loved the extra foot traffic.
"I think this is great. I think they should do this every six months," said Sheila.
The town says it's good practice for November's big train excursion.
"It's like 1,000 people on that, so this is just a little warm up for what we'll be doing then," said Lipscomb.
The HOGs next stop is Roanoke. From there they'll head to Tennessee. The Harley Owners Group has nearly 1 million members worldwide.