Sunday, December 20, 2009

Interstate 30 In Fort Worth Shut Down While People Wait & Watch

No, those are not a bunch of Fort Worth natives standing on the Beach Street overpass over Interstate 30 protesting their air being poisoned by Barnett Shale gas drillers. Nor, even though they are close to Carter Avenue, are they showing support for the Carter Avenue Chesapeake Energy Resistance. And no, these Fort Worth natives are not celebrating the eminent arrest of Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief on racketeering charges.

So, I was on my way to the Tandy Hills. I enjoyed yesterday's perfect weather so much I decided to go for a repeat. This morning's swim was excellent too, though a tad chilly.

On my way, to the Tandy Hills, Tootsie Tonasket called me. I was driving down Brentwood Stair talking to Tootsie when I saw 2 Fort Worth Police cars oddly parked on the grass by an I-30 freeway exit and entry.

A short distance later, right before Oakland Avenue, I saw what you see above. All these vehicles parked beside the freeway, with people outside looking like they are waiting for something.

I get views of the freeway from the Tandy Hills. Each time I could see the freeway I'd see nothing out of the ordinary. Then I came to the view you see above, looking west towards downtown Fort Worth. And again with a lot of vehicles parked on the side of the freeway. And people out like they are looking for something. This was about an hour after I'd first spotted people at the side of the freeway watching nothing. If you look at the enlarged version of the above scene you'll see that there are pickups that have climbed the knoll on the opposite side of the freeway.

I finished with my hiking and headed towards the Beach Street Wal-Mart. When the Beach Street overpass came into view I saw all those people you saw in the first picture, standing on the overpass. As I crossed the freeway I finally saw what these people were looking at. I made a U-Turn, heading back to the Wells Fargo parking lot. Saw no NO EVENT PARKING sign, so I risked being towed and walked back to the freeway overpass.

And this is what I saw. Motorcycles as far as I could see, looking both west and east. Sadly I don't have a photo of the view to the east, because by the time I was on that side of the overpass I'd switched the camera to video mode. Which means there is a YouTube video of what I saw today, below.

By the time I got to the Tandy Hills I was fairly certain I knew what the people were waiting for, because I remembered being in Arlington around this time last year and seeing a similar scene, only unlike this year, when I came upon it, the motorcycles were already on the freeway.

This event is called the Toy Run. With the people on motorcycles bringing toys to, I think, the Arlington Convention Center. I have never seen so many motorcycles. Thousands of them.

The Fort Worth Police close off the freeway entries while the motorcycles pass. I wonder how kosher doing that is on a federal highway? Seems like it'd breaking some sort of rule. We don't believe in breaking rules in Texas. How much did this little event cost cash strapped Fort Worth?

It is a tad perplexing that thousands of Fort Worth citizens will line up along the freeway to watch some motorcycles motor by while only 6% of them will line up to vote to hopefully oust a corrupt mayor.

Watch the YouTube video to see and hear the motorcycles and the people cheering them on...


TXsharon said...

Your opening paragraph should win an award.

Durango said...


Thank you. Are you going to give me one?

TXsharon said...

Sure! How would you like it?

Galen said...

I was over in the Sycamore Heights area this afternoon to drive past a couple of properties I'd seen listed. My plan was to hop on I-30 at Beach and head off to Arlington to see my mother in the hospital. No dice...a police car blocking the entrance ramp. And there was a mob of people on the overpass waving an American flag and cheering, and dozens of cars parked on the side of the road. I saw the line of motorcycles, but my first thought was that it was a funeral procession for a police officer. Hmmmm, I think, I need to start watching the local news. Then I noticed that the bikers weren't in uniform. It was then that I remembered previous reports of the biker toy ride. I really was astounded by the number of folks who came out to see a long line of motorcycles. As you say, if only that many people would show up to advocate for something worthwhile...

Anyway, it took a good long while to get to Arlington, but I got a nice ride down memory lane through Meadowbrook, where I grew up.

Durango said...

I really think a cash award is the only really meaningful type.

Anonymous said...

I totally and unequivocably agree with you my serva--huh, I mean my constituent, Durango. My mamma had stressed to me all my life about the rule of gold (some simpletons and commoners call it "the Golden Rule" for some reason). Your dedicated and honorable mayor, Mikey.

Anonymous said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it.