Our Director of Social Media, Aaron, gives his account of the badass Sons of Anarchy experience. Read on for all the leather-clad details…
Aaron: I had no idea what was in store for me the morning I woke up for the Sons of Anarchy reunion ride. With the winner Kayla, her friend Autumn and our collective nervous excitement in tow, we left their hotel on Sunset Blvd. and headed to where the Sons of Anarchy Headquarters were filmed.
A weird sense of déjà vu took hold as all three of us recognized the road leading into the Teller-Morrow garage. Excitement built further as we drove through the gates and around the back of the lot, where Kim Coates and Mark Boone were standing next to their bikes.
One by one, the remaining riders rolled in on their bikes: Tommy Flanagan (Chibs), Emilio Rivera (Marcus Alvarez, leader of the Mayans), and then Charlie Hunnam,
Many of the guys hadn’t seen one another in over a year, and we spent the next hour taking pictures, listening to stories and reminiscing about the show. Seeing how close the guys were and how kid-like they all became around each other made us all realize how special of a moment this was, and how much of a brotherhood this show had made them.
Then the Harleys were fired up, helmets were strapped on, and Kayla and Autumn hopped on bikes with Kim and Boone respectively. Here we go!
We followed the procession of roaring bikes out of the Teller-Morrow lot, zig-zagging out of town on the same roads used in the filming for the show and stopping at a few places where specific scenes were shot. We drove up through the hills, down onto the highways and into Eagle Rock to our final destination of the day, Eagle Rock Brewery Public House.
To bring it all full circle, Kim’s daughter Kyla, who works with the charity One Heart Source, shared her organization’s recent accomplishments in fighting poverty and building community in Africa. She shared a heartfelt thank you to the guys, our winners, and all the people whose donations will go towards projects that give new hope in some of the most impoverished areas in the world.
What a treat to be a part of such a wonderful experience with such amazing and fun people! Now, as Omaze’s social media guy, I have to direct you to our Facebook page, where you can check out a bunch of awesome pictures from this day.