Women Riders

Charity Rides and Safe Riding

Written by  May 31, 2008

May is behind us and you would have thought by now we would have many days of beautiful riding weather, but NO, the weather has been absolutely unpredictable! It has been raining, cold, or extremely windy for several charity rides in April and May.

Not a good thing when the volunteers have worked so hard to put on the events. But then that is the risk you take when you plan an outdoor event of any kind. Last year when NAWS sponsored our 1st Annual RUFF RIDE in June it was close to 80 degrees and the most beautiful day you could ask for. This year? Who knows, but we are crossing our fingers for the same “perfect riding day weather!” Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual RUFF RIDE Dice Run to raise funds to help build an animal shelter for homeless, abandoned, and abused animals in the Northland, Saturday, June 14. The registration fee is $20 in advance (online registration available at www.pcnaws.com), $5 for passengers and $25 on the day of the event. The ride begins at Side Pockets located at 169 Hwy & Englewood Rd. Cars will be led by NASCAR driver Jennifer Jo Cobb leaving at 10:15 a.m., and bikes will led by Slacker and Gail Worth leaving at 10:45 a.m. for a 100-mile scenic route through the Northland. The ending party will be at Side Pockets with food, raffle, and great tunes by Camp Harlow from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.! Help us build a future for homeless animals!

On another note, please take caution during the riding season. I, for one, am almost over the top when it comes to going through an intersection or going past a car coming out of a side street. It almost feels like my eyes are roving back and forth like radar trying to eliminate the drivers that are paying attention and lock in on the ones that might make a mistake. Part of my purpose in those situations is to try and make eye contact, or to get some sense from the driver of the other vehicle that they see me, and then proceed with caution. I have even been known to slow down to 20 mph through an intersection if I think that the left turn or side street driver has not seen me. It seems crazy at the time, but I would rather hold up some traffic and ride on than see the alternative.

We recently returned from the 6th annual charity ride in Farmington, Missouri and our friend and organizer of the American Cancer Society Ride for the Cure had a fatal motorcycle accident on the poker run route. He was an experienced rider and while veering out to pass a car he went too far to the median and before you know it, he was down. Wearing a novelty helmet, his life ended when his head hit the pavement. Joe Crump was larger than life who never met a stranger and had a sense of humor like no one I have ever met. He was a loving husband to Shelly and an incredible father to 8-year-old Allie. His life was devoted to law enforcement and he will be greatly missed by everyone who ever had the opportunity to enter his life. He will ride with us in our hearts forever. Peace be with the Crump family.

Goldie Arnold

“Never rider faster than you angel can fly”

TIP OF THE MONTH: Make sure you do not ride in the blind spot of a car. Make yourself visible!