Monday, July 19, 2010 – City Ride 2010

On Friday, July 16th, 2010, we attended the first ride for The ride was organized by my friend Bob Jr. and his father. Bob Jr.’s mother passed away two years ago to cancer.

Bob Jr.:
Bob Ponder Jr - Ride Captain
Ride to Fight Cancer is a group of motorcycle riders getting together to raise funds for Cancer research and treatment and to raise awareness about cancer and it's devastating effects. All of the money they raise goes to the American Cancer Society. They are making progress towards their $1000 goal.

We met at Snail Lake Park in Shoreview, MN and started the ride. The weather was in the mid 90s and was very humid. Our mesh coats made it tolerable. It was very hot.
Snail Lake Park - The Start
Three bikes showed up for the inaugural ride of the organization.
The bikes
Bob Jr. on his ‘89 Venture, his father Bob Sr. was on a ‘83 venture with a sidecar, and my wife and I on my SV650.
Very cool sidecar:
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The route was twenty eight miles long and took about an hour. It was a scenic route through the parks and lakes in Ramsey County. I’ve done parts of this route before as my regular commute to work.
Map of the Route:
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All of us enjoyed the route and had a fun time on the ride. We concluded with a tasty meal and great stories. (Sorry forgot to take pics!) We lost track of time and it quickly became dark, so I got to ride home with my tinted shield. The clear one was sitting on the table at home.

Unfortunately, due to prior obligations, I will not be able to attend any of the other currently scheduled rides for 2010. If you’d like to help, please visit the website:

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