|Spyder Ryder of America - San Francisco Bay Area Chapter||
The first annual Spyders in the Redwoods Rally was a HUGE success!! Thank you to all of the sponsors and volunteers who helped make it possible. We had nearly 100 people show-up and register at the Red Lion Inn in Eureka on Tuesday, August 2nd. The Spyders owned the parking lot for two days of the event.
The weather was typical for the Pacific Northwest coast, with morning fog and cloudy skies, and sunshine in the afternoon. Riders began converging on Eureka as early as the Friday before the rally, and by Monday afternoon there were already nearly 30 Spyders in the parking lot.
Registration check-in started early on Tuesday morning and ended around 5PM as scheduled. Participants picked up their goodies including a wristband, commemorative pin, and Spyders in the Redwoods 2011 t-shirt. Riders signed up for the group ride, and mingled with other riders checking out their rydes. Wednesday morning, riders met under cloudy skies at a local fueling station to head out on their group ride through the famed Avenue of the Giants.
By the time riders approached the Avenue, the sun had come out and it was all smiles. Riders ended the ride at the Shrine Drive-Thru Tree in Meyers Flat, and got their pictures taken as they took a trip through the tree. After the ride, smaller groups broke off and went on other rides, include a group that found themselves all the way down in Ft Bragg and nearly didn't make it back in time for the group dinner that evening. Other groups headed north to the coastal town of Ferndale for lunch at the Victorian Inn.
On Wednesday evening, riders gathered at the famous Samoa Cookhouse for the group picture and group dinner. Riders enjoyed a meal and camaraderie and some even walked away with some fabulous raffle prizes donated by numerous sponsors.
By Friday morning Eureka was quiet again, and the roar of the Spyders ended as the last two rolled out at around noon that day.
If you are interested in reading stories and seeing other pictures from the event, please visit our Facebook page dedicated to the event.