Sunshine on the Rockies

Wednesday September 14th. By Rob Crowder, Nelson

The day started with a beautiful blue sky in Creston where we were treated to a wonderful breakfast at Gin’s restaurant. The restaurant opened up early for us to get us on our way for the 110 km journey to Cranbrook. The morning started out at a very chilly 5 degrees but the sky was clear and the riders were ready for the long day of riding ahead.

Our first stop was one of my most memorable ones in my second year as a rider when we rode into Yahk. After turning into the Yahk community hall we met little Mackenzie who was eagerly waiting for us on the side of the road. Mckenzie was all smiles as the 21 riders slowed down to let Mackenzie lead the troop. Mackenzie didn’t say much but she rode beside me with all smiles the entire way.

Sunshine on the Rockies — Cops for Kids


We were treated to some yummy muffins and great hospitality at the Yahk community hall which fuelled us for our push to the Rockies.

Halfway to Cranbrook we were given lunch on the side of the road donated to us by the Creston Overwaitea. Creston Overwaitea has been a great supporter of our riders providing lunch for our riders for the long ride to Cranbrook.

While the riders were heading to Cranbrook the Tamarack Centre mall helped host the Cops for kids Jail and bail. People were rounded up by local RCMP members and had to “phone a friend” to bail them out of jail. After all was said and done $9,700 was raised towards helping the little hearts in our community.

Of course the day would not be complete without a delicious supper. Once again Boston Pizza stepped up and provided the hungry riders with their delicious signature pastas, pizza bread and salads. It was a long day for me and the other riders spending 6 hours “in the saddle” riding to the east Kootenays and we are off to bed.

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