By Lou DeVuono
On Saturday June 17 I took the time to join another ride in support of Canada’s Forces, more specifically, supporting CFB Base Borden’s Military Family Resource Centre. The ride organized by the Borden Riders, raises funds to assist in funding programs to assist members of the Canadian Forces stationed at CFB Borden and their families.
Heading out early I met up with a few of my crew, the Balding Eagles (JFSNG) Just for Shits N Giggles and Lorne of HD-ROC for a ride to Angus ON and Base Borden.
When we arrived we were met by a number of Borden Riders, who were handling marshalling duties. They directed us in to the MRFC building for registration, a reasonable $20 for a rider and $5 for a passenger.
Back outside, they were marshalling bikes into groups of 10 - 15 and then sending them out with a Borden Rider as a road captain about 5 minutes apart, leading each group along the route so riders could enjoy the scenic route without always referring to a map. This idea of breaking up rides into smaller groups is becoming the norm, as we
also had used this formula at the Heroes Highway Ride earlier in June with success and have been advised by Provincial authorities that policy will be implemented at all future events that involve police services to execute. I expect that we will see this at smaller events as well, much like this ride.
The first leg was about 55 kms. with a stop for gas and/or a drink. Within short order we were being marshalled back on the road for the 45 kms. ride to Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 559 in Lisle.
Once we arrived at the Lisle Legion, the smell of burgers and sausages on the bar-b-que hit the noses of all the participants and the line up grew right off the patio but the mood was great and the buzz about the ride and friends getting together was energizing. During the bar-b-que they announced that they had 102 registered riders, followed by the winners of some door prizes as well as the 50/50.
I throughly enjoyed the ride, the route was well thought out and offered scenic views and great sections of twisties and generally, roads that were in good condition, time permitting I will add this one to my calendar for next year. Lou