Myrtle Beach Bike Rallies

Bonnie not a bother to many at Bikefest

jblackmon@thesunnews.com

The rainy weather didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of people who came to celebrate the Atlantic Beach Bikefest. They planned to celebrate regardless of what Mother Nature had in store, but folks were grateful the Tropical Storm Bonnie forecasters predicted was more tame than expected.

“It’s just drizzle. It doesn’t matter to me if I get wet,” said Queena Washington, standing inside a parking garage at the Palace Resort Saturday evening. “It’s bearable.”

She was surprised, though, at the amount of people enjoying the ocean as the rough surf crashed upon the shore a stone’s throw away.

Washington, who lives in Columbia, just arrived in Myrtle Beach on Saturday. She didn’t plan to let the rain stop her and her group from hanging out and having fun.

“I’m just here to get away,” Washington said.

Other vacationers stood outside as more drizzle began to fall from the heavy clouds above.

“It’s not really affecting me. It’s mother nature. You can’t fight it,” said Eric Hall, of Augusta, Ga., standing near the Landmark Resort. “I thought it was going to be what they said was coming, which was the real heavy stuff. But it turned out pretty good.”

Forecasters initially predicted Bonnie had the potential to bring torrential rain, gusty gales and rough seas. Instead, the storm that came seemed to offer lighter rain and lighter winds.

The drizzle, Hall said, wouldn’t keep him and his friends from going out.

“This is about my fourth (Bikefest) and usually every time I come here it rains,” said Hall, who hails from Augusta, Ga.

The rainy weather did seem to encourage more people to travel by car than by bike on Saturday.

Dennis Fox, local musician, staked out a corner on the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk Sunday afternoon to perform for the Memorial Day weekends crowds.

Emily Weaver: 843-444-1722, @TSNEmily

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