So far we had not seen many other motorcycles, but not long after we crossed the Polish border we came across hundreds of bikers participating in a memorial near the town of Wolyn. It was the Katyn Rally, an annual, week-long, thousand-mile run organized by a loose association of biker clubs, chiefly commemorating the World War II massacre of some 20,000 Polish army officers, doctors, teachers, landowners, priests and civic leaders by Soviet forces. The Poles were interned then imprisoned when the Soviet Union, claiming to be an ally of Poland, invaded from the east at the beginning of WWII. They were then murdered, most by a pistol shot to the back of the head. The Katyn Rally, a legitimate and heartfelt act of remembrance, has become a highly political event that unfortunately has been hijacked by ultra-nationalist elements of Polish biker culture. Nonetheless, it remains a peaceful, highly patriotic, and emotional biker run. We were made very welcome at this memorial.