Saturday September 19th started bright and sunny and stayed that way all day. Following registration and a brief opening ceremony we were on our way. This is a great time to thank our road guard folks and law enforcement people that helped out all along the way to keep us safe. Everyone that left the starting gate returned safely. We road easterly through Palisade and over to the Horseshoe Lake Inn where we were greeted by their friendly staff. We were treated to a great lunch and music to eat and relax to. After a nice break and giving away some prizes to lucky winners we were on our way.
We road north on Hwy 65 to Jacobson and then west through Hill City to Remer where many took the opportunity to add more fuel. Then to LJ's Club Car for a needed break under a great shade canopy they had provided among the pine trees. We all enjoyed some refreshments with the help of their great staff, a few more prizes were awarded and we were once again on our way.
We road south on Hwy 6 through Outing and Emily down to the Bridge Tavern where we got a great dose of Jo's hospitality. Lots of camaraderie, refreshments, more prizes given away by Santa and we were off thinking of a pig roast dinner.
We took a new route from the Bridge back to Aitkin due to ongoing road construction which went smoothly. When we arrived we were treated to a great meal prepared by Molly and Troy and staff of the 40 Club Convention Center. The meal included a fabulous pig roasted by our friend Bob Weston.
Following the meal we got to meet one of the families that are receiving a home we helped build. The joy was obvious on their faces and it was noticed by all present.This year we helped build a double bungalow in Aitkin and a single family home in Hill City.
We had a few time management problems with the live and silent auction and entertainment which we will have ironed out by next year.
A special thank you to all who purchased raffle tickets, donated items to the auctions, and to those that purchased items at the auctions. Without your help this would not be a success. Please take an opportunity to patronize the business's on our sponsors page as a way to show our appreciation for their continued support.
We had at least 147 bikes and 182 people on the ride. That is down some from previous years but in light of the economy we are still very satisfied.
Mark your calendar for September 18th, 2010 for the 6th annual Hammerin' the Highway for Habitat ride. Hope to see you all there and bring a friend.
From the Foundation Board and Committee