John Monbelly – Musician and Artist

I make my way up Congress Avenue  in downtown Austin, for the motorcycle parade. As I walk up the street, I see there is a musician I recognize 20 feet in front of me.   He is sitting near a wall with his instrument embraced between his knees as he holds his drum sticks.   He is focused and still as I approach him.   As I am walking forward to greet him, I remember his song that he had written a couple years back in 2016 for the motorcycle parade.  His song was about the rhythm of the motorcycles and it was playing in my mind. I can still remember that day in 2016, as the motorcycles were coming down Congress Avenue, I could hear his song echoing above the roar of the engines in perfect harmony.

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Motorcycle parade Set 5 of 5

The bikers have parked and Congress street is now filled with the spectators that take a moment to capture photos of the bike and riders. The Capital illuminates in the background as the parade comes to an end and whatever festivities begin. The city used to have bands play on the middle of congress but have not in a while.

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Motorcycle parade Set 4

The riders are starting to turn around by Cesar Chavez street and head back up Congress toward the Capital of Austin and then park in the middle of the street. In some captures you can see a bike passing by. This year I only carried a 70-200mm so I took most of the photos on the other side of the road.

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Motorcycle parade Set 3

The wave of riders continue to pass by. It seems this year they have spread out the riders better than some years past so that each motorcycle can be captured in a photo.

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Motorcycle parade Set 1

The 2019 Republic of Texas Motorcycle Rally was Saturday June 15th. I tried to capture a number of the riders as they passed by heading down Congress Avenue. I am separating the photos in a series. I hope you enjoy the photos!

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Families at the Rally Set 1

So many great people from so many places all come together to partake into the joy and appreciation of the motorcycle and rally. I have taken time to meet some of the riders and enthusiasts and take their photos. I enjoy their stories and I am happy to reconnect with friends that come back to the rally from year to year. I am going to include a few sets of families as I am able to process through the photos so I hope you come back to view the photos.

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Mastering the art of a motorcycle

There is a passion one must have to work on crafting a object; one part at a time to build a work of art. Finding a frame that may have been set aside for years waiting for a new opportunity to shine and be remembered. Or perhaps crafting the shape from a more recent creation. I am amazed at the work of the individuals that are mastering the art of a motorcycle. I had the opportunity to reconnect with Roy and Nikki, a family of master builders and the owner of Roys Toys Customs. Last year they won first place in the competition and are donating a motorcycle in a raffle at the Rally this year to a military Veteran.

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Rocks and rollin with the flow

“Once was a thought inside my head
Fore I’d reach thirty I’d be dead
Now somehow on and on I go-o-o
I keep on rolling with the flow
Folks said that I would change my mind
I’d straighten up and do just fine
Ahh, but I still love rock and ro-o-oll
I keep on rolling with the flow”
— Charlie Rich – Rollin’ With the Flow

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