“We had around 35 riders, which is more than we ever had,” Duck said. “Relative to the money raised, I believe we’re going to be able to donate between $3,000 and $4,000 to the Hope Clinic, which is always great when you can donate money to a good cause. It was so great to see so many Rotarians out for the event working towards a good and successful ride.”
Duck was quick to acknowledge the efforts of the Jasper Police Department and the Walker County Sheriff’s Office, which provided escort for the ride’s bikers and made sure streets that the ride went through were blocked off.
“They were wonderful,” Duck said. “They came out and made us feel very comfortable. They blocked intersections and even followed us up to Carbon Hill. It was above and beyond what we could have hoped for and they are due so much credit for, making the Ride easier than it normally is.”
Duck and the Rotary Club which helped sponsor the event, are already planning for an even better ride next year, with a possible earlier start date and more time to advertise it.
“We’d like to try to plan it sometime in the earlier spring so we can take advantage of the cooler weather,” Duck said. “Many people don’t like to ride in the summer heat, so I think next year we’ll try to aim for a time that’s a little hospitable climate-wise for everyone.”