Biker gang as­sists ‘The Boss’ on side of road

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - The As­so­ci­ated Press

Com­ing across Bruce Spring­steen on a bro­ken down mo­tor­cy­cle on the side of the road could prob­a­bly be a lyric from one of his songs, but it really hap­pened for a group of guys from New Jersey.

A group from the Free­hold Amer­i­can Le­gion was rid­ing after a Vet­er­ans Day event Fri­day when Dan Barkalow says he saw a stranded mo­tor­cy­clist up ahead near Al­laire State Park in Wall Town­ship.

“Bik­ers gotta stick to­gether,” Barkalow said. “I stopped to see if he needed help, and it was Bruce.”

Barkalow says they tried to help get his bike run­ning, but when they couldn’t, Spring­steen — wear­ing a brown rid­ing jacket and a red hand­ker­chief — hopped on the back of Ryan Bai­ley’s bike and they headed to a lo­cal bar.

“We sat there and shot the breeze for a half hour, 45 min­utes till his ride showed up,” Barkalow said. “Nice guy, real down to earth. Just talked about mo­tor­cy­cles and his old Free­hold days.”

Spring­steen was raised in Free­hold and still lives in New Jersey. The Amer­i­can Le­gion post says Spring­steen is el­i­gi­ble to join since his fa­ther was a vet­eran.

“It was nice to help out,” Bai­ley said. “One Free­hold per­son help­ing out an­other.”

RYAN BAI­LEY—THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

In this photo pro­vided by Ryan Bai­ley, Dan Barkalow, left, and Bruce Spring­steen pose for a photo in Wall Town­ship, N.J. Barkalow and a group from the Free­hold Amer­i­can Le­gion was rid­ing after a Vet­er­ans Day event Fri­day when they pulled over to help a stranded mo­tor­cy­clist who turned out to be The Boss.

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