21st Annual Ladies Run

July 14th and 15th marked the 21st Annual Ladies Run in Fairplay, Colorado so I loaded up the bike and hit the road. I was heading for the hills leaving the flatlands behind and I was looking forward to the trip.

There was very little week-end traffic to contend with on the ride up which was unusual for the middle of July but probably the result of the ridiculously high gas prices. After cutting off on Highway 9, I just kicked back in the saddle and savored the smells and the scenery that comes with riding in the Rockies. I hooked up with some friends in Hartsel when I stopped to stretch my legs and top off the tank and together we rode the rest of the way into Fairplay, cruised through town and found a good spot to park the bikes.

Unlike last year when it rained all weekend, the weather provided plenty of sunshine for the day’s activities which included a ride-in bike show, bike rodeo, tattoo competition, and horseshoe contest. There were also plenty of vendors to browse through and a dance at the VFW Saturday night.

There was a good turn out and after putting a few miles on my boots wandering around, I set up camp and visited with friends, checked out the dance, and then called it a night. I was woken up Sunday morning shortly after sunrise by a really irate squirrel who was angrily chattering about something (maybe it was me he was mad at for camping by his tree). Anyway, I knew any more sleep was out of the question so I headed back to town to coffee up and start the day. As the morning progressed, the gear was loaded up and the bikes warmed up as folks got ready to make the ride back home.

The ladies on the event committee did a good job with all the net proceeds from the event going to support some great causes which include South Park Community Relief Fund, Project Safeguard, Hep C. Connection, and Realities for Children. For more information on the Ladies Run, check out their web site at www.ladiesrun.net.

More event pictures can be seen at Abel’s Web – www.abelsweb.com.