Here comes the sun

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On Sunday, October 16th, we held a REAL MEN Bikes N’ Burgers event. The ride, 60 kilometers in total, started at Chedoke Golf Course and was broken up mid-way by a barbecue at the Wood’s farm in Lynden.

As we started out, there was some talk about the weather and how much rain we might encounter. It was overcast, but whatever was going to come our way, we were determined to reach the Woods’ farm and enjoy some burgers. Heading out along the trails towards Highway 52, we had a good number of guys stretching out and staying dry. A few sprinkles of rain was not going to dampen our day! New riders were enjoying the route, and returning riders knew they’d be hitting Powerline Road soon, where the views would open up and bike wheels would glide on the hard asphalt roads.

Many riders opted for the shorter route this year, joining the ride at Highway 52, and a larger pack headed out from there towards the Wood’s farm. Still no sign of significant rain. Arriving at the farm, riders were greeted with refreshments and snacks. There was time to hang out and meet other guys who had driven out to the farm by car, and the chance to enjoy the food and entertainment.

M.C. Matt Morrison was entertaining and got the crowd involved in riddle-solving games that had everyone talking and laughing as they enjoyed the burgers. Our chefs for the day did a fantastic job at providing food for all, and everyone ate their fill. Jeff Anderson shared what REAL MEN Hamilton is up to in the city and all about the bike drive in June, which provided bikes for 54 kids at Hess Street School. There will be opportunities to take part in a similar bike drive in Spring 2017 at Adelaide Hoodless, so if you would like to volunteer or donate, we would love to hear from you.

To cap a great time at the farm, Eric Savard shared his story of how a marriage can be restored. He talked openly about how he turned from a life of self-gratification, alcohol and drugs, to one of commitment to his marriage and family. Giving all the credit to Jesus Christ, Eric articulated his struggles and victories.

The winners of the door prizes, a feature of all REAL MEN events, were awarded gift cards for The Works to enjoy a burger on their own time (with or without their bike), and then the riders took off back to Hamilton.

The ride home was a pleasure. The sun finally put its hat on, and we rode the 30km back to Hamilton in fine weather, feeling full and satisfied.

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