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Old 11-05-2012, 02:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My weekend in the hurricane zone in the Rockaways

Just wanted to tell everyone a quick story about this past weekend in the hurricane relief effort.

I rode the Bonnie down so I could get through the congested traffic getting to the island. Once there, it was obvious that cars were going to have trouble navigating the debris scattered everywhere. THe devastation is unbelievable. I can only compare it to what I saw coming out of New Orleans after Katrina. I went to an aid outpost on the Far Rockaways at the west end of the island, about as close to the fire zone as you could get. When I pulled up, they immediately put me on courier duty. About an hour later another guy showed up with a S3 and we became something of a team. Spent the entire weekend riding up and down the length of the island, dodging insane debris, sand, mud, fallen trees, bulldozers and sanitation trucks. It was the closest thing I can imagine to being in a war zone. I'm kind of amazed I didn't lay the bike down (though I did gently once skidding through a sand patch when a van decided it wanted to go the wrong way doen a clogged street - luckily I was just pulling out so I was not going very fast. Managed to lay her down with no damage to myself or the bike). It was probably a master class in what kind of conditions to AVOID. Especially once the sun went down.

By the end of the weekend we had become the de facto information network for the various outposts since phone and internet coverage was spotty at best. Directing volunteers and donations, finding pockets of the island that weren't physically reachable by larger aid trucks and vans. I became "Motorcycle Eric" pretty quickly and people were standing by with notes scribbled on pieces of paper to be hand delivered to the other end of the island. I went down expecting to sort clothes or move debris...Never expected to be put to work like that. I was running on adrenaline the entire time but am chomping at the bit to get back out there this week and this weekend.

If anyone is interested in making donations, it is a little tricky now as the Red Cross and FEMA are centered mostly way out in the fire zone and the bulk of the island is being serviced mostly by random loosely organized volunteers. Occupy Sandy (www.occupysandy.org) has some distribution information, including addresses and contact info for the larger agencies such as the Red Cross. Honestly, most stations are overflowing with physical donations and most are turning away things like clothing at this point. If anyone is anywhere near the region what is really needed is manpower. People to distribute what has been donated and to start the massive task of actually cleaning up.

Anyway, I just wanted to share with everyone here. It was a crazy weekend that I will never forget and it wouldn't have been possible without my Bonnie. It was amazing as I pulled up to various aid stations, people put out of their homes and waiting in line for hot food would walk over to compliment the bike. A couple had their pictures taken with it. At one point a police van pulled me over just to ask what year it was. I'm very glad I was able to help out in whatever capacity I could. There's more to be done.

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Sounds incredible! Good on ya for risking bike and skin to help out in the wake of this disaster.
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Well done, Eric. Thanks for making a difference.
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Good work! Good of you to do that.

Just wondering how you're keeping fuel in the bike, given its limited range?
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Good on you, Eric. An incredibly selfless act on your part.
I think we ought to take up a collection for YOU!
Stay safe if you make another trip this weekend.
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Good work! Good of you to do that.

Just wondering how you're keeping fuel in the bike, given its limited range?
Put about 250 miles on it over the two days, including round trips to and from the island from Brooklyn. Managed to find a station in Bushwick that had gas (and a very nice cab driver who secretly let me cut in line so I didn't get lynched). Once I was there and they basically assigned me motorcycle duty I had access to the gas reserves for the generators at one of the main facilities. Filled up there twice...once out of a gatorade jug.
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Good on you, Eric. An incredibly selfless act on your part.
I think we ought to take up a collection for YOU!
Stay safe if you make another trip this weekend.
You can take up a collection of auto soap. She's going to need a good bath when it's all said and done.
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Thanks, Eric. I grew up in Wantagh and moved to the Finger Lakes in 1975. My thoughts are with all of the good people on Long Island.
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Well done, that man!

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Hats off to you Eric for helping out. Wish I could have done something as helpful, but I've been stuck in my office the past week covering for all my colleagues who could not make it in from NJ, LI, etc.

I was holed up in Upper Westside of Manhattan during the storm so was pretty much untouched. Rode my Bonnie to my office in midtown on Wednesday morning during the huge gridlock, found I was down on reserve so turned around & headed back to a gas station - just as well as they were low on gas and lines were already stretching several blocks. After returning from office that night I parked my bike and took mass transit to work rest of the week. Motorcycle-riding for emergencies only until the gas situation improves.
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