Back in the saddle for Ben
Aspen, CO Colorado
With mostly sunny skies and temperatures hovering in the mid-60s, Sunday, May 11, was a beautiful day for a bike ride around the midvalley. Virginia Betty of Basalt coordinated her annual Mother’s Day road ride in honor of her dear old dad, inviting friends over for a fun time in the saddle, followed by a barbecue back at her place.
Guests arrived throughout the morning in preparation for the 11 a.m. sharp departure, scattering their bikes and equipment across Virg’s lawn and driveway, and riding warm-up laps around her cul-de-sac.
Once all were ready, the pack of 20-plus riders took off from Basalt, heading west to Emma, then on to Old Snowmass and the end of Capitol Creek Road. After turning around just past the St. Benedict’s Monastery, most of the group carried on to the Deaf Camp, then back to Basalt, while others opted for a shorter route home.
Post-ride, all feasted on a delicious lunch of beef brisket and pulled pork from Smoke Modern BBQ in Willits, served with all the right fixin’s. Guests provided a smorgasbord of salads, desserts and chips and dips. (Clearly, the most popular item on the buffet was the tray of chocolate Rice Krispies treats, courtesy of Mike and Laura Pritchard.)
“I love having this get-together in memory of my dad,” said Virg afterward, mentioning she felt the presence of his spirit at the party. “He would have loved seeing all of the kids and dogs running in the front yard.”
The 2009 Ben Betty ride will most likely be staged in the Front Range, since Virginia and her beau, Brian Bruggeman, will be moving to Boulder sometime in the next few months.
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