Three-year-old Talon Woodman’s birthday party this weekend went about like any typical kid’s party: family was there, he got presents and more than half a dozen random bikers showing off their rides.
Well, it was mostly typical.
Talon’s parents, Daniel and Tanicia, have had their own motorcycle for about a year, and since then, Talon has become obsessed with all things motorcycle.
Choosing a theme for his birthday was a no-brainer, but it was complicated by the fact that their riding friends weren’t going to be able to make it to the party. With that, Tanicia Woodman took to social media and asked if any bikers could swing by Talon’s party over the weekend at Haw Creek Park.
“The reaction that we got, I would have never guessed,” Woodman said.
Woodman said the response from the bikers put a smile on everyone’s face, especially the birthday boy.
“He was in shock,” she said. “The first two were single-riders, and the moment he heard them pull into the park, he’s like, ‘Bike! Bike,’ and starts running up there. He was like, ‘This is so awesome. This is so cool,’ and they let him sit on their bikes and rev the engine. Their smiles were just as big as Talon’s was.”
As the party wore on, Woodman said Talon was beginning to get tired and grumpy, but that changed when a second wave of riders showed up.
“Then he heard all of those bikes come in, and he jumped out of my arms,” she said. “He took off. When they saw him running up, you could see their smiles through the helmet. They were just ecstatic.”
While the family was planning and setting up the party, Evan Wynn was doing some planning on his own.
Wynn is part of a riding group in the Atlanta area and said he immediately started reaching out to other riders when he saw Woodman’s post online.
Within a few hours, Wynn had assembled a group of riders from as far away as Hampton to show up for the party despite only knowing one of the other riders. He said when he told others it was for a birthday party for a kid he’d never met, they “looked at me like I was crazy.”
Once the group met up, they had to decide whether to show up quietly or, as Wynn put it, “make some noise.” To Talon’s delight, as evident by the video shot by his mom, they picked the second option.
“That video of him running up when we’re pulling up the first time: priceless,” Wynn said. “It was worth every bit of gas, every bit of the three hours to coordinate it and try to get everybody on the same page, it was worth every bit of it just to see that kid’s face seeing motorcycles ride up for his birthday.”
Wynn said for the riders, it was a great chance to share their hobby and make Talon’s day.
“It was a humbling feeling, it was great,” he said. “We could step out of our own lives and our own issues for just a little bit and watch something as pure and as innocent as a kid enjoying what we enjoy.”
Woodman said she already hung pictures of Talon’s party and the bikes in his room and it’s unlikely it would be a party he, or his family, would ever forget.
“I keep replaying it in my mind because I’m still on Cloud 9, as well,” Woodman said. “I’ve never even smiled myself that big. Just to see how happy everybody was, and I don’t think this is a day he will ever forget, and I certainly won’t and my family that was there won’t ever forget. Just to see that the greatest gift you can give anybody is just your time, and what those bikers, all of them, what they did just to come by, I think everybody walked away with the greatest gratitude and biggest smiles.”