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Bikers Take Salem by Storm in Farewell Pack Ride - VIDEOBonnie King Salem-News.com
Thunder rang from the skies but it had to compete for attention on Saturday
(SALEM, Ore.) - That rumble wasn't just the thunder in Salem, Oregon on Saturday. The wind and rain from the stormy skies had nothing on the hundreds of motorcycles on the ground. Onlookers were enthralled as they watched 475 motorcycles, mostly Harley Davidsons, parade through downtown Salem in a Farewell pack ride for their friend and colleague, Jason Hause.
Jason died on March 1st in a Portland hospital after being mortally injured in a crash February 27th. Jason was apparently struck by a vehicle while riding his bike south on I-5 near Wilsonville. The responsible party did not stop, and has not been located at this time.
Jason Hause was 37, married, and a father of four. He was a devoted member of the Gypsy Joker Motorcycle Club, out of Salem.
The Farewell pack ride was one of the biggest Oregon has seen. Nearly 500 bikes were in the pack which met at Kmart in South Salem and made their way through downtown and stopped their engines when they reached the Celebration of Life in NE Salem, a five-mile long parade.
Many various motorcycle clubs were in attendance, bonded by this tragedy regardless of their affiliations, and all came to give their due respect.
Once they arrived, it took over ten minutes for the large amount of bikes to make their way down the street to the event.
People from all over the city came out in the rain to see the bikes pass by. It was certainly not a sight to have missed.
There were 800 bikes in total at the service for Jason Hause. Quite an impressive turnout for a man clearly well loved.
See also: Remembering Jason Hause, A Life Well Lived
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