Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Chilly Billy Memorial Run 2011

After weeks of perfect weather the Rip City Riders, 6th annual Chilly Billy Memorial Run began under cloudy, threatening skys. Attendance for the poker run seemed good, Rip City Riders gave ride pins to the first 700 riders.
Marie and I signed up for the poker run at Michael's Harley Davidson. Then we hit the Redwood Cafe in Cotati where me met our friends for breakfast. Rocky was riding his wife's V-Rod, because of a slight malfunction of his own bike and Lance was on his Suzuki Hayabusa after a major malfunction of his Electra Glide. So, after coffee we headed north on Highway 101 to River Road.

River Road follows the Russian River and it's a good ride but heavy traffic and bicycles made sightseeing a passenger activity. Our first stop was at the Rio Nido road house, a good choice as there was plenty of parking. I drew a six of diamonds, not a great start for a poker hand. 
Our next stop was at The Blue Heron in Duncan Mills, after I drew my card my poker hand was pretty well shot and the people in the bar showed no sympathy.  After leaving Duncan Mills it was a few miles to Highway 1, then south to Bodega Bay and east to Petaluma. 

We arrived at the Petaluma fairgrounds and the weather was warming. There were a lot of people there. The local newspaper said that 10,000 people showed up for the bike show, car show, vendors, food and of maybe a cocktail.
If they could find the bar.

I really liked this sweet little Triumph. Simple and clean, I couldn't stop staring at it.

The Rip City Riders put on a great show. This was the 6th annual Chilly Billy Memorial run and the event gets bigger and better every year. Everyone had a great time, and funds were raised for two local carities, Zero Breast Cancer and Mentor Me Petaluma.