At Rolling Thunder, you get up early on the day of the event and rush to get down to the Pentagon North Parking Lot to get a place in line in a sea of motorcycles and sit for the next 4-5 hours until it time for your line to move out.

The parking lot is a show unto itself with hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists finding various ways to kill time until the start of the mother of all group rides.

A far cry from the first Rolling Thunder in 1988 when 2500 rode into Washington to rally in front of the Capitol.