LAKE GEORGE Thousands of motorcyclists descended on the area this week as Americade, the leading touring motorcycle rally in the world, began its annual week-long stint here — for its 30th consecutive year.
Motorcyclists weren’t deterred by rainfall, which was experienced daily through last weekend and the opening days of the rally — Americade fans traveled many miles over soaked pavement to attend the event.
Arriving Tuesday June 5 in Lake George after riding from Westchester County were a trio of friends piloting their Harleys. They said they were ready for some adventure, whether it was resort-village night life, or navigating the mountain byways.
“This is our type of motorcycle rally,” said Al Vigliotti as he took his helmet off in the parking lot behind the Lake George Holiday Inn, which has hosted Americade registration since the early 1980s.
Vigliotti’s friend Joe Canosa flipped his throttle and shut off his ignition.
“Lake George has great night life — D.J.’s Night Club is awesome — and we feel comfortable walking the streets of the village at 3 a.m.,” he said. “People are very nice and welcoming in this community.”
Unzipping his racing jacket, Canosa’s friend reached for his cell phone.
“Our wives regularly check in on us,” Canosa quipped, noting they’ve been attending Americade for as long as 10 years, and their wives like to keep tabs on their activities.
Nearby, a motorcyclist said he’d heard about the friendly spirit prevailing in Lake George, and he was looking forward to experiencing it. Louis “Enterprise” Gilmore made the comment as he was checking in at a registration table with his wife Joy.
He serves as Sergeant-at-Arms of the Charlotte, N.C. chapter of the motorcycle club Buffalo Soldiers/Troopers — named after the first black squadron in the U.S. Army, which Gilmore said dates back to 1886.