Guide Dogs of America raises, trains and supplies guide dogs at no charge to recipients across the US and Canada at a cost of about $42,000 per dog team.(guide dog and person) After doing this ride several years in a row we missed it last year so decided to try it again.
We’d met new TVTR riders JIM & BRIDGET WINNETT at the Chevron then they took off right away for Sylmar since they were part of Guide Dogs and had work to do there. JIM RELING another new TVTR rider joined us as well. To bad that just as we got on the bikes Matt Mosher called to say he had a flat tire half way there and couldnt make it.
With Leonard & Dina Cifelli leading, 8 of us hit the paved ribbon and got to the poker run starting point in Sylmar in no time flat. Mike & Rosemary Anderson and Mark & Suzanne Olson were already there greeting us as we rode in the gate.
The lot was full of every kind of bike/trike you can imagine. Some with gorgeous custom paint down to others they call rat bikes. Eeeeeeeeeew!
We each got our poker paperwork stamped and David Stephens offered to lead us to the other stops and away we went. Up the 5 to Castaic Rd for our 1st Poker stop. Then 23 miles up Lake Hughes Rd to the Rock Inn and our 2nd stop……then down Bouquet Cyn 7 miles to our 3rd stop before heading back to Sylmar for FOOD! We handed in our poker hands with no one in our group winning anything.
As we finished our huge plates of burgers/hot dogs/potato salad/beans/chips & drinks and cookies…they announced that this was the second largest turn out ever at over 550 participants. Woo hoo!
550 riders and most everyone rode in a safe courteous manner. With that many theres always some ya hoo that doesnt follow the rules but we didnt see even one accident.
Good ride with a nice bunch of folks. Lets do this one again next year!
Thanks to Leonard Cifelli for getting us to Sylmar…David Stephens for getting us to the poker stops and Gog Miller for being our tail gunner.