Every year for the past 62 years motorcyclists from all over Utah have gathered to spend the day together having a good time for a good cause. This year’s MDA Ride of Fortune was no different. With several different options for riders, starting at 8:00 am on June 1, riders could choose to ride to Coleville, the Jordanelle Resevoir, Heber City, Park City, or the Brighton Ski Resort up Big Cottonwood Canyon. Many folks, like Kelly and I, chose to hit all five.
A few weeks back, while getting some pinstripes on his new ride, Kelly met a guy from Texas doing the same thing. He’s here in Utah working on the construction of the new Provo Temple and just happened to bring his bike along with him for the summer. Although he was planning on doing the ride, he didn’t have anyone to ride with, so Kelly invited him to ride with us. Mark wound up being a great ride companion and the work his company is doing in Provo is pretty darn interesting.
They’re trying to keep the facade and build the rest of the building around it. Originally, the Provo Tabernacle, it was destroyed by an electrical fire a couple of Christmases ago. They gutted the interior, sprayed some kind of concrete slurry all though the inside to hold the facade together and now the building is two stories in the air on stilts while they work on the foundations and everything that will be underground when completed.
I’ve ridden by the building a couple of times and what they’re doing is pretty darn incredible. It was interesting to talk to someone who is actually working on the project.
The ride started out pretty cold as we rode up the canyon to Coleville. Although a little chilly, it was a fun ride. From Coleville we headed to the Jordanelle Reservoir for the second stop and then on to Heber City. There were a number of incredibly beautiful bikes and I’m always impressed with how friendly everyone is considering that there were literally hundreds of motorcycles on the road.
From there we headed to Park City. Seeing all the bikes lining the street it would be hard not to be impressed with all the people in this area that ride. We finished by heading back down into the Salt Lake Valley and up Big Cottonwood Canyon to Brighton. Definitely the prettiest part of the ride (the rest of the ride was on the Interstate), Mark kept saying how beautiful it was as we enjoyed lunch at the Silver Creek Lodge.
As pretty as Big Cottonwood Canyon is, we invited Mark to join us next week for a ride up Logan Canyon to Bear Lake and back via Monte Cristo (always a beautiful ride). So we might have another companion on our ride next weekend.
From Brighton we headed back down into the valley for a quick stop at the car show and motorcycle rodeo competition the local motorcycle cops were putting on. It’s hard no to be blown away by the skill these guys have. Watching them navigate through the very challenging course made me want to practice my skills. I can’t imagine the hours these guys must put in on the practice course.
Intermountain Harley also sponsored a concert last night, but I didn’t make it. I’m not sure how much money this event generates for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, but it was a day filled with a lot of fun and good company, all for a good cause.