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A ride for the firefighters
June 30, 2011 - Frank Robinson
I went on another benefit motorcycle ride this past weekend. This one was a little longer than others I have been on. It lasted pretty much all day.
Riders formed off Midlothian Drive in Youngstown, on Sheridan Road. It was called the third annual Youngstown fallen firefighters memorial bike run. It was $15 per rider plus $5 for a passenger and the money raised, I'm sure, goes for a good cause. Bikes pulled out at 11 in the morning and I didn't get back in town until it was going on about 6:30.
I would guess there were a couple hundred bikes in the group. The first 75 to register received a free T-shirt. The free shirts were all gone by the time I registered, and there were a lot more riders who registered after me.
What was interesting about this ride was the destination. The group went to Foxburg, Pa. It's a cute little place along the Allegheny River known for its little hotel, quaint shops, a popular winery and a neat restaurant facility overlooking the river. It even had a caboose as a center attraction for tourists.
We returned to the Army/Navy No. 360 building on Logan Avenue in Youngstown where dinner was available. Music and door prizes also were provided. All of the riders seemed to have had a good time and, as far as I know, nobody had any accidents. Two riders, myself included, almost ran out of gas on the way back to Youngstown. Lucky for me all I had to do was twist a valve on my bike's gas tank to "reserve" for another half gallon -- enough to get to a gas station, gas up and get home.
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