This weekend Northfield held its annual Defeat of Jesse James Days event. The weather was perfect for a community wide celebration like this. There are lots of events for people to select from during the weekend long celebration. We have a tractor pull, old car show, rodeo, parade, bike tour, running races, arts shows, drama production, and many other things. I help with the Rotary bike tour and we had a great one this year.
The Rotary bike tour offers rides for everyone, from a 10 mile family ride on to the 30, 45, 60 and 100 mile distance rides. We get bikers from all over the area to assemble at our Middle School early on Saturday and head out to bike through our lovely countryside. The Rotary club staffs rest breaks along the way that have food and water. We monitor the routes with ‘sag wagons’ for people that are having difficulties with the ride. It is a lot of work, but a wonderful way for the Rotary club to earn some funds and for the participants to have a great time on their bikes. We also had Erik’s Bikes at the event again this year ready to assist anyone that had a mechanical problem with their bike.
I was working the early morning shift and saw all kinds of bikes. There were several recumbent type bikes that looked very comfortable. The rider of one of them told me “you could just about fall asleep riding it”. There were several tandem bikes. This yellow one was a very nice lightweight style. Others were set up so that a child could ride along with an adult.
What a great way to spend time together supporting a good cause!