I had the pleasure this past Sunday of experiencing the kindness of strangers and the generosity of mankind courtesy of an event held at Jakes Seafood on Highway 1 in Rehoboth. The event, a motorcycle ride to benefit Special Olympics, aka Ride to the Tide
, is organized through the Delaware Chapter of the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club and the Delaware Special Olympics and sponsored by local companies like Sysco, Pepsi Bottling Ventures and of course, Jakes Seafood. This event, now in its third year, has grown steadily in momentum and attendance and could very well be on its way to becoming one of the premier benefit rides at the beach and here's why- for a small entry fee, each rider gets a police escort to Jakes in Rehoboth from a predetermined location (this year from Seaford Harley Davidson and the University of Delaware in Newark.) Once they all get to Jakes, there's a free buffet of hot dogs, burgers, homemade slaw, potato and macaroni salads, macaroni and cheese (and a good bit more) and free sodas and, to this year's first 200 riders, a commemorative ride pin. The best part (aside from the fun everybody had) is that all the money raised goes directly to the Delware Special Olympics. But this by itself isn't why I said this could become one of the premiere ride benefits, this is
: more than 600
bikes attended the Ride to the Tide this year, more than doubling last year's attendence and putting squarely on the map and in the minds of riders everywhere, next years ride.
I'm working now on getting more info about this event so we too, can help support this worthwhile cause. As I get it, I'll post it here. In the meantime, I hope you like some of these pics.