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Pala Run

Bandanas shield faces and reduce the impact of particles from man-made dust storms one warm weekend in August. Rays splash against sand creating the mirage better known as the San Luis Rey River Valley in northern San Diego County, California. It is 86 degrees and even with clear skies the air fills with thunder from hundreds of v-twin engines that roar from a dirt road off of state road 76. Before the dust settles, you hear the stretched springs of kickstands and radiators wailing. Soon gravity returns the dust to where it belongs; shadows form and attach to their tattooed hairy owners who wear vests with patches sewn tight.

To the uninitiated, a motorcycle rally can overwhelm the senses. The 2019 Pala Run marked the 29th annual event to benefit veterans, their families, the Vietnam Veteran / Legacy Veteran (VNVLV) Motorcycle Club (MC) and the search for Prisoners of War (POW) / Missing in Action (MIA).