This reindeer had a mission to fulfill on Christmas eve, so I had to leave my own cute little Santas at home to go out and bring smiles to the other children of Tokyo.
My run got off to a bit of a shaky start this year. My engine refused to turn over, and I had to do a running start down a nearby hill to get going. Little did I know this was just foreshadowing for our adventures later in the evening.
Nao, who was one of the models in one of my favorite Merry Run pictures from a few years back, brought another miniature Santa’s helper with her.
GB from Riding Sun discussing X4 stuff with Tatsu.
I wasn’t able to get any good pictures during the run, as I was too busy making everybody in the city smile and wave. I lost my voice halfway through, but even at half volume I’m still twice as loud as most people. So while my “Merry Christmas” lost some of its striking range, the smiles on the faces of the people we passed showed that most people still got the message.
As we neared Roppongi Hills, we got stuck in traffic on an uphill slope, and the air-cooled Harleys started having a pretty tough time of it. My bike stalled at the top of a hill and Stinger’s stopped halfway down, while Mizuki’s Dyna had been sputtering and restarting all night. My bike cooled down enough on the way down the hill that I was able to restart, but Stinger and Yuka’s Merry Run ended there.
After a spin through Ginza, we finished up the Run near Tokyo station.
Woochee, who had by far the most impressive bike last year, had apparently made it even more impressive this year, only to be unable to get it to start. He ended up changing into a reindeer costume and joining us late on a scooter. Chell the Snowman, who also joined later had even deflated a bit compared to last year.
After delivering my condolences over the phone, I hopped on my bike to head home…and found that I was in the same situation. We tried pushing it to a running start, but it was feeling uncooperative, even with three reindeer and a snowman pushing it. I ended up waiting around for the JAF guy to come give my battery a jump, but I managed to ride it home once it was started. This wasn’t exactly a stellar run for HD’s, but it was worth it to see all those smiles.