Close to 500 motorcycles roared through the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier Saturday as they took part in the 6th Annual "Troop Ride" to benefit the USO. Riders from all over the state started in Elmira Saturday morning at 10 a.m. before making stops in Trumansburg, Watkins Glen, Dundee, Penn Yan, Bath and Big Flats.
While in Dundee, "troop riders" made a stop at the Dundee American Legion on Spring Street at around 1 p.m. From Dundee, riders made a trip to Penn Yan and Hammondsport before stopping at the Veterans Administration Facility in Bath. That's where riders stopped and visited with veterans and their families.
Now in its 6th year, the ride was founded by Dave O' Dell, who continues to organize the annual event. O'Dell told WFLR this week (click HERE for entire interview) the ride started while his son was serving in Iraq and he wanted to show support for the troops. He thought he would have 10 or 15 bikers that first time, but instead had 400 plus.
Below are photos from Saturday's "Troop Ride" taken by WFLR's Mike Smith as they passed through the village of Dundee.
For more photos from Saturday's ride, check out the WFLR Facebook page by clicking HERE