Christmas trees and local corn

Trip Start Aug 01, 2010
Trip End Aug 29, 2010

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A beautiful hot day for riding.. note to self: more sunscreen required.  Set out from Travelodge Pembroke this morning in glorious sunshine and took a very scenic ride through Calabogie ending at Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree Farm in Perth.  Owner Martin White, who has participated in the Ottawa Ride for Dad for a few years, hosted us for a feast of roast beef and locally grown corn on the cob and fresh fruit.. a welcome change from hamburgers and hot dogs. Martin had drummed up support from many local businesses and all the food and necessary facilities (i.e. porta-potties) were donated.  Thanks to Martin and all who helped make it a very successful biker chow down.

Next stop was Sharbot Lake, lovely drive... where we were greeted by the mayor and the town crier.  A prostate cancer survivor presented us with a cheque on behalf of the town.

Back on the road and next stop CFB Kingston to set up souvenirs and registration for what we think will be our biggest day, the ride on the Highway of Heroes tomorrow.   A good turnout for registration.  So hot that bike pegs were making holes in the asphalt parking lot and announcements were made for bikers to go out and check their pegs and put something underneath to avoid  a domino game going with 200 hundred bikes.  Alison Pinkerton, Charlie Pester's daughter, attended and chatted with the volunteers and picked up the goose so she is ready to ride with it tomorrow.  She and her husband Dr. David Pinkerton will be joining us for tomorrow's events.

A word about our crew .... we are made up of  volunteers who are taking a month's vacation time to be available to do whatever task is necessary to make this tour a success.  Lead by Garry, Byron, Jamie and Kelly, you will find us running around in heat or torrential rain, searching through trailers for souvenirs, taking registration, making up route maps, giving directions and information to riders, acting as sweepers, road captains, setting up and taking down stages, taking videos, pictures, writing blogs, updating ridelines, keeping the riders on time, making sure they are safe on the road, fixing bikes, carrying luggage, handing out water name it, the volunteers are doing it.  Our day typically starts before seven and ends at nine or ten pm., .. we are roadies, helping out wherever necessary.   It's worth mentioning to ensure that people understand that sometimes when things are not done exactly on schedule or exactly perfectly, we are a skeleten crew made up of just volunteers.  We are enjoying sharing this unique experience with you all.  You may hear names mentioned on the blog and here is our crew:

Wayne "on the road again" Rostad
Steve ("wow")
Larry  ("wee")
Dan ("smoker")
Steve F
Jim ("Saint Jim")

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Gerry Parrott - Co-Chair - Okanagan on

Regarding the "Ride Crew" - I don't think anyone will ever be able to give these folks the thanks they deserve. All of us that organize our rides in local areas know how much work (and I mean physical labour) is involved for a one day event - I could not imagine doing that every day for an entire month - I hope they still have some energy left when they get out to the West Coast - we will certainly make them welcome.

xtour on

thanks Gerry.. looking forward to being on the west coast for sure..

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