*** This post was originally written on 3/11. It has been sitting in my Draft box because I wanted to add a feature to the post that I don't know how to create. I apologize for the delay.************
Hello again. I finally finished shining Kate and wanted to share a picture... My favorite part of cleaning her is that I have to take her for a ride afterward to blow all of the wax dust off. Oh, Darn!
In other news, I went out for a little ride yesterday and ran into an old aquaintance of mine, Bill Davis. I knew Bill years ago when I worked in the Harley dealership. Well, I ran into him in another local Dealership & started talking. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Bill is the Executive director of the Ride For The Heart Foundation, A charity foundation that brings a cause to serious biking. Now we've all been on the little charity rides, where you maybe do a poker run with a couple of miles of riding thrown in just to make it a biker thing, but that's not what the Ride For The Heart Foundation is into. These are serious rides for serious bikers. How serious? How about this, their entry level ride, Yeah, it's the 500 mile Iron Socks ride. Other rides they have include The Ride For The Heart 1000/1500 (May 3&4, 2008) and the "Big Trees Ride and Tour"(June 17-21, 2008). And the best part? All of the money raised goes to such charities as the American Heart Association – San Diego, American Heart Association – Las Vegas, American Heart Association – Northern California, Loma Linda International Heart Institute
Children’s Hospital of Orange County Arizona Heart Institute. (and that's just last years list.) All total these guys (and ladies) have managed to raise over $162,000.00 for Heart related charities.
The Official Blurbs for Ride for the Heart Foundation Rides are:
May 3, 2008 – IronSocks 500
IronSocks 500 – Saturday, May 3, 2008, a Ride for the Heart Foundation charity ride, with multiple start and end locations. The ride format is based on our highly successful long distance Iron Butt charity rides, but half as long. Start and end locations are through out Southern California and Henderson, NV, check out the website for a specific location near you. Donations are garnered through rider's pledges similar to the American Heart Association's Heart Walk. Your $75.00 registration fee includes RHF Certification, tee shirt, pin and refreshments along the route. The Ride for the Heart Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for both national and local heart-related charities. One hundred percent of all rider-generated donations will go to a national or local heart-related charity. If you have ever thought about riding an Iron Butt ride, but aren’t quite ready for a full ride this ride is about the best one to cut your teeth on. If you would like to have a good full day of riding you’ll appreciate the organization of the ride. For more information contact Bill at 760-644-2118 or go to www.ridefortheheart.com to register.
May 3/4, 2008 – Ride for the Heart 1000/1500
Ride for the Heart 1000/1500 – Saturday/Sunday, May 3/4, 2008, a Ride for the Heart Foundation charity ride, with multiple start and end locations. The ride format is based on our highly successful Iron Butt charity rides. Start and end locations are located in San Diego, Ontario/Riverside area, Fresno, and Stockton, CA along with Henderson, NV. Check out the website for a specific location near you. Donations are garnered through rider's pledges similar to the American Heart Association's Heart Walk. Your $125.00 registration fee includes IBA Certification, tee shirt, pin, patch and refreshments along the route. The Ride for the Heart Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for both national and local heart-related charities. One hundred percent of all rider-generated donations will go to a national or local heart-related charity. If you have ever thought about riding an Iron Butt ride, our ride is about the best one to cut your teeth on. If you have ridden them before you will appreciate the organization of the ride. For more information contact Bill at 760-644-2118 or go to www.ridefortheheart.com to register.
June 17-21, 2008 – Big Tree Ride and Tour
This Summer, the Ride for the Heart Foundation will host its annual touring ride through the big trees of California. The Big Tree Ride and Tour will take in some of the best parts of both the Sequoia and Redwood National Parks and their big trees along with a lot of great riding in between.
The ride begins Wednesday morning, June 18th, after a kick-off party hosted the night before by Bakersfield Harley-Davidson and their H.O.G. chapter. The first day route will travel Northeast through the Sequoia National Park and will end near Fresno, CA. On Thursday, June 19th, the route will take riders over Tioga Pass in Yosemite, up Route 395 and back over Monitor Pass to Route 4 down to Calaveras Big Trees State Park back to Jamestown where Jamestown H-D will host a BBQ and get together. After a Ride for the Heart hosted breakfast in Sonora Thursday morning riders will travel up Route 49 and the Gold Country of California where we will end our third day of riding in city of Red Bluff, CA. On Saturday the 21st riders will be treated to a great ride over the Coast Range mountains through the Redwoods, up beautiful Route 101 ending in Eureka where both Redwood H-D and the Ride for the Heart Foundation will host a farewell party and an end to a great week of riding.
For more information go to: www.ridefortheheart.com or call Bill Davis at 760-644-2118. Your pre-registration is $225.00 and includes:
Three hosted BBQ's (Bakersfield, Fresno & Jamestown)
One hosted Breakfast (Jamestown)
One hosted dinner and party (Eureka)
T-Shirt, pin and patch.
Prizes awarded at each party.
After May 10th, registration is $300.00.
Hotel reservations responsibility of rider, list of hotels available on the website after March 15th.
For more information check out the website .