The man in the center is Padre, group leader.When we went to Burgerking the other day, we met Dave, who was there on his Gold Wing bike. We introduced ourselves, and after chatting for a while, he invited us to join his group for a ride on Saturday.
The group is perfect for us! No membership rolls, no commitments, no dues, no guilt. The leader, Padre, is the minister of the Methodist church in Englewood. He added our name to his ride list, so we will get word when a ride is planned.
We arrived about 10 minutes before the scheduled start of the ride. About 50 bikes were already there, and about 25 more arrived before we headed out for the first stop at the Englewood WalMart.
Where we all lined up bikes in front, riders by the wall, to have a picture taken. WalMart was presenting a check for $2,500 to the Helping Hands charity that the group supports. A ride in two weeks will again add to the coffers of the charity.
We then rode out King's Highway nearly to Arcadia, back along Charlotte Harbor, and out to Gasparilla Island, where the final stop was lunch at the Riverside Bar and Grill.
We discovered a few new roads and lots of new friends on a perfectly lovely day for a ride.