|The Ride was a way to involve many members of our community. Here are members of Christy Warden's 4-H group, husking corn.|
|A cyclist enjoys a scoop of Lochmead vanilla ice-cream donated for the ride.|
Just to recap what took place, here's a little sketch of the day's highlights:
People began arriving at about 6:30 AM and went to the Monroe High's parking lot where they were signed in and then directed to the Monroe Legion Hall for a delicious breakfast and fresh Cafe Maam coffee before heading out on their 100 mile trek through some of our area's most beautiful countryside. Along the way they stopped at four local farms and were treated to some very tasty and unique delicacies that are produced right here in our area by people who care about sustainable farming practices and increasing awareness of our local food web. Riders faced some pretty strong head winds along the route and were delayed in returning to the Monroe Garden, but they started to roll in around 3:00 and were greeted by some of the area's finest acoustic musicians playing a mix of Country, Blues, and Oregon-style Bluegrass.
On the menu for these hearty souls was a deluxe potato salad, a steaming hot serving of 'made-from-scratch' Boston-style baked beans, all the fresh sweet corn a body could eat, along with a garden fresh green salad with hummus-stuffed Roma-tomatoes, and if that wasn't enough, there were cookies and vanilla ice cream to put everyone's sweet tooth to rest. It was quite the scene! People kept coming up to us and saying things like,”I can't wait to sign up for next year's ride!” and, “This is the best ride I've ever been on!” Counting riders (79), volunteers (42) musicians and misc., we fed over 130 people that day.
|Pickin' and a-grinnin' - 'When Picks Fly' brought fun and a festive ambiance to the event.|
There's so much more I'd like to say and so many people we'd like to personally thank that we've dedicated a whole page on our website just for that. (Link to page) For now it's time to come back to the tasks still facing us as we wind down this season in anticipation of how next year will unfold. We believe that projects such as the Sharing Gardens are on the cutting edge, addressing the challenges that are inherent in these new and difficult economic and environmental times. All of us are having to make new choices and this isn't always easy. But we believe that these choices will have the wonderful side-effect of bringing us all closer as members of a human family and community. I believe that we are at the edge of beginning to rediscover the things that are truly important in life, and that they aren't really 'things' at all, but rather the love that we have for one another that blooms in deeds of selfless giving and compassion. After all, 'THERE'S NO COMPETITION ON THE GIVING SIDE OF LIFE.' For a list of specific people and organizations who helped make this event so successful, and some other follow-up stories, go to www.AlpineGarden.blogspot.com and click on the link in the upper right-hand-corner that says Farm to Farm Century Ride – Gratitude and Stories.