Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Bikers ride together for Hope House of Colorado, raise nearly $5,000

Not even a hot July day, with temperatures pushing past 100 degrees, kept nearly 70 bikers away from a 125 mile + scoot to benefit the teen moms and kids of Hope House of Colorado.

As hot as the ride was -- I can't imagine a better way to spend the day, scooting through the Colorado countryside. After check in at In The Zone Sports Bar, we rode from Golden down Highway 93 through Boulder and into Lyons on Highway 36, to our first stop the welcoming Outlaw Saloon.

This is the 5th year we've put Outlaw on our charity run, and they always dig into their T-shirt stock and donate 3 or 4 t-shirts toward the raffle.. The staff and management are always happy to see us, just like old friends. Beer is cold; and food is awesome. Oh -- and Outlaw Saloon's patio rocks!

Next we putted through the country making our way up to the coolness of Carter Lake. We stopped at Windjammer Bar, but unfortunately even after several phone calls in advance, including the day before and a couple hours before arriving, the bar wasn't staffed to handle our group. Cold beer and burgers were as difficult to get as a donation to the charity (even though the owner/manager had committed to a donation!). The staff was unfriendly, apparently not willing to work for a living. Or maybe this bar is just not as motorcycle friendly as they say. Many bikers grew tired of waiting for a drink and their food and just left. We learned our lesson -- as much as we love this ride around Carter Lake, this group of bikers will no longer spend their money where they aren't welcome.

Next stop was a long, hot scoot east to Dacono and the very biker friendly Jerry D's. Believe me, once we arrived, everyone needed a tall drink of water -- oh and that ice cold beer and friendly wait staff was sure a welcome sight. Great burgers and Mexican food -- and did you know owner Jerry grows his own tomatoes? Fresh is best!

Another 40 minute scoot and we ride into my friend Dave Falk and Jimmy's Firehouse Tavern Bar in Thornton. Check this place out because these two guys get bikers!  Thanks my friends for the donations and the biker love.

As a group, we rode to the Zone, west on 104th, to 100th, then around Stanley Lake south on Indiana, 64th to McIntyre and south toward 44th. It was a beautiful sight seeing all the bikers, young and old, male and female, riding for such a great cause.

Of course, once we arrived at the Zone, imagine our relief to get out of the heat!  A few hours later, best/worse poker hand, 50/50, raffle tickets and live auctions, and so far, we bikers raised nearly $3,000 in one day for Hope House of Colorado.  We're still waiting on some donations and matching funds, but the final number is tallying up to be around $5,000!!

Thanks to everyone that participated!  Please save the date for the third annual Hope House Toy Run on Saturday, November 20!  And then again the 7th annual Hope House Run in July!

Read more about this 6th Annual Event In The Zone Hope House Poker Run

Monday, July 12, 2010

Boise possibilities

I admit it -- I might have groaned every so slightly when Boise, Idaho was announced as the site for the 2010 summer convention for SATW Western Chapter. After spending just over 5 days exploring this small city, I couldn't have been more surprised at this amazing city nestled between the Snake River and the Rocky Mountains.

Boise's climate is similar to my home in Denver -- four seasons, mild, slightly dry (where Boise meets the desert, Denver meets the plains), so even when it was a scorching 90+ degrees in early July, it wasn't as hot as say Phoenix. 

To follow is a list of my favorite things to do in Boise:

Alive after Five. Every Wednesday, 5 - 8 pm, June through September downtown Boise comes alive "on the Grove" with music, entertainment and food. Kids of all ages come out to enjoy some mid-week fun time. The best part is watching the kids dart in and out of the fountain, splashing and giggling!
(Pictured above right, Photo © Diana Rowe)

Bike the Greenbelt.  Step outside your urban hotel (such as the historic: Owyhee Plaza Hotel) and you'll discover a 25-mile long riverside biking path. Rent a bike a mere two blocks away at Idaho Mountain Touring, then you're off and pedaling. The trail leads into the scenic foothills. Or stick close to the city and enjoy stops such as the Zoo Boise or a look at the smurf turf at the Boise State University. Either way it's a great way to enjoy the city and just get out. (TIP: Bring water, sunscreen, hat and a map of the greenbelt.)

Table Rock. You'll need a car (or be an ambitious bicyclist), but it's only a short ride outside the city, and the view from the top is simply amazing!!! (Pictured left, Photo © Diana Rowe) Take a hike, ride your bicycle, or just soak in the gorgeous views of Boise.

Idaho Wine Country. Did you know that Idaho opened its first winery in 1872? Yep, although prohibition inhibited its progress, today Idaho boasts 41 winieries, just 8 in the past year. About an hour's drive from Boise, you'll be rewarded with tastes from top wineries in the state and the award-winning wineries each have their share of medals and awards. Bonus: the countryside is breathtaking and refreshing!

*Visit with Ron and Mary Bitner of the boutique winery: Bitner Vineyards, 2009 Idaho Winery of the Year (Wine Press). I'm a huge fan of their Chardonnay! Say hello to resident dog Jimmy.

*Ste. Chapelle Winery perches atop "Winery Hill," overlooking the winding valley of the famous Snake River. The tasting room is an architectural nod to its French namesake, La Sainte Chapelle. Idaho's largest winery, established in 1975, with affordable wine available, starting at $8.95.

*Williamson Orchards and Vineyards is a long-time family run orchard that planted their first In 1999 we planted our first grape vineyards in 1999. Definitely worth a stop.

*Another boutique vineyard is the Indian Creek Winery, a little off the beaten path, but definitely worth the visit. Young, vibrant owners, with fun labels. My favorite: the white pinot noir!

And that's just the tip of the possibilities in Boise!

Read more about Boise at TravelingMom.com
Photos, all rights reserved © Diana Rowe

Monday, July 05, 2010

Ride for Hope House of Colorado Saturday July 17, 2010

When bikers care, bikers ride. And bikers always have a special place in their heart for kids, especially kids in need. That's why I'm coordinating the 6th annual In The Zone Hope House Poker Run -- benefiting Hope House of Colorado. Hope House is a non-profit resident and outreach program for Christian teen moms, teaching them the skills for self-sufficiency.
(pictured right teen mom and her son admiring Biker Stretch's bike November 2009 during Hope House Holiday run.) 
All bikes are welcome -- and if you don't own a bike, please join us in your "cage" -- any type of vehicle! It's all about riding for a better life for these teen moms and their kids -- and the 125+ mile scoot is a great way to do so.

Here are the details:
Saturday, July 16, 2010
6th Annual In The Zone Sorts Bar Bike Poker Run to Benefit Hope House of Colorado
CHECK IN 9:00 AM @ In The Zone Sports Bar & Grill, 15600 W. 44th Avenue, Golden, CO 80401 (303) 279-3888

Join us for our annual 125+Mile Scoot:

STOPS* Outlaw Saloon, Lyons; Windjammer Bar & Grill, Carter Lake; Jerry D’s, Dacono; Firehouse Tavern; Thornton (*STOPS subject to change*)
Great Raffle Prizes and 50/50 Cash Raffle

RETURN to In The Zone approximately 4:00-5:00 pm
Stay for LIVE MUSIC ON THE PATIO @ 7:00 pm, featuring BRETHREN FAST

***Plenty of Motorcycle Parking***

For more information, contact Diana Rowe at In The Zone Sports Bar, 303-279-3888 or email diana@dianarowe.com