By Gordy Olson
This is a special Summer Edition of the President’s Corner, including my thoughts and ramblings for both July and August. Some of you may be wondering why I decided to combine July and August into one edition this year. While I am not at liberty to disclose the actual reason for this change (it is HIGHLY classified) and can state, unequivocally, that the reason some members have suggested (that I simply forgot to do a Prez Corner in July) is categorically false!!!
On to the news… Club members are continuing to accelerate their post-COVID activity levels with noticeably higher participation in all our events – breakfasts, monthly rides, and special events. The return of the Ride ‘n’ Bowl was a big success, although Yerington remains a very sleepy town. The River City Beemer Bowlers were reminded of that fact when we finished bowling at about 7:45pm on Saturday evening and asked our waitress for some dinner recommendations. Her response -- “It’s almost 8:00pm on a Saturday, everything is closed!” -- tells you all you need to know about Yerington. We did eventually find a little kitchen/cantina tucked in the back of the Latino supermarket and had a quite spectacular Mexican dinner. Unlike the bowling itself, that portion of the trip was of the highest quality.
Fred’s “Ride to Eat” continues apace. We have already had two special bonus rides and Fred tells me that lots of members are racking up lots of miles (and calories!) in pursuit of those tires. A dozen of us rode up to Granzella’s on July 23 following a beautiful Ken Caruthers designed route through the farm country around Woodland and then up the Capay Valley. There is still time to try to figure out Fred’s arcane rules and visit some of his favorite dining spots. Someone is going to win those tires and it might as well be me – I mean you!
The Tahoe Chill is coming up soon (August 19-21) and the bears are expecting us. This is always a fun event with excellent food to complement the fantastic riding and relaxing options available up at Lake Tahoe. Sign up on the RCB website because space is limited.
Finally, I would like to offer my warmest Happy Birthday greetings to our ride guru Ken on his 80th lap around the sun. If his riding has slowed down any I would have hated to see him in his earlier and faster days. He is a real asset to the club, and we all owe him a debt of gratitude for showing us the great roads hidden in plain sight around Sacramento. Happy Birthday, Ken, from all of us!!!
Ride safely, ride often, and ride with your buddies!
Gordy, Your Once and Future Prez
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