Last weekend, I was approached by a colleague who is a member of the Fredericton Motorcycle Club about an upcoming "Toy Run" that the club was having for our local hospital. She explained how the run would be organized, etc. & the support that would be given to the child care unit at the hospital.
I usually shy away from large motorcycle runs as I have had bad experiences in the past re: bikers drinking & driving, etc. I checked the agenda for this run and there were no stops at bars, so I decided that I would give it a try.
I arrived at the meeting site about 9:00am and to my surprise ran into a few people that I know, this was really nice as they welcomed me and talked about the run. There were bikers arriving from all directions with all types of bikes.
I am not sure how many bikes were there at the start, but I would estimate about 150.
At 10:30am the run started and we were escorted by Fredericton City Police. They did an excellent job escorting the group through the city. Our destination was Stanley, NB, a small rural community about 65km from Fredericton. The drive to Stanley was nothing short of perfect...great weather & good motorcycle riding!
We stopped at Stanley High School where a BBQ was organized for us. The best part, all of the proceeds from the BBQ would be used to help Stanley High School fund their school breakfast program...another good cause! The principal of Stanley High School (Steve) was there and it was nice to see him, he is a biker and a very good friend of mine. For those who follow my blog, Steve traveled with me to the high school drag races back in May.
The BBQ at Stanley High School was really good, I enjoyed having the opportunity to talk to other bikers!
Here I am with my bike...
After lunch, we mounted up and proceeded back to Fredericton and to the Dr. Everett Chalmers Hospital. We stopped at the Chalmers Hospital and presented our donation. The hospital staff had lemonade, ice tea and juice on ice for us; they were very accommodating.
There was a presentation made to the hospital and draws for prizes for participating bikers. Overall, it was a great way to spend the morning and I am really glad that I decided to go!
Until next time, ride safe!