Progressive Dinner RideJanine Hegeman
Our first stop was Randy and Ellen Sussman’s home for appetizers in Rockrimmon. It was very light and delicious fare, and Randy managed most of it himself. He had us ready for the climb up to the main course.
This was at the Pam and Richard Oliver’s home in Mountain Shadows. Although Richard and Pam saw their neighbor’s homes destroyed in the Waldo Canyon fire, and had some property damage themselves, they chose to go ahead and host a stop in spite of it all. It was good for us to observe, and for them to describe, the destruction, and marvel at the rebuilding and restoration efforts taking place from their vantage point. The views were sweeping, and the chili was pretty darn good too. Not to mention that pumpkin ale…
For dessert, we flew down Chuckwagon Road (an 11% grade in one section) and very quickly arrived at the Beauchamp’s home in Pinon Valley. Allen and CeCe had an amazing buffet set out: cupcakes, cookies, mouse, strawberries dipped in chocolate, cheesecake, grapes, swiss cheese. It was fabulous. As is typical for the Dinner Ride, we spent a little more time there, talking about the past summer and plans for the spring (and having just one more cookie!). It is the last time many of us will ride together until next year. We also observed a very nearly tame deer in their backyard, waiting for a hand out. She got a few tidbits, but was apparently unimpressed and moved on.
We did as well, everyone taking off for their homes or other points. Only a handful of us made it back to the park with the leaders, Kerry Hefta, and Bob and Ann Smith.
Many thanks to them as well as Mark Mann for organizing the ride, and to the hosts
for opening up their homes.