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

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