The seventh edition of the Hamster Run saw great weather, great riding, great food at Jeff and Mary’s, and probably one of the bigger turnouts of people from Seattle and points south. Oh, and Jen & Canyon came from Spokane!
Friday’s meet & greet once again took place at Chuckanut Brewery and Kitchen, where people noshed on polish dogs and Chuckanut’s selection of beers. From there, the group left on a short ride to the top of the Parkade for slow racing, but alas, no sunset, at least not like last year).
From there, folks went to downtown Bellingham’s various licensed establishments.
Saturday morning’s meetup was at Zuanich Point Park on the waterfront, where Tony’s coffee and donuts were served while rally packs were sold. The morning Poker Run left right on time (my hand was awful, as it usually is), ending in Fairhaven as the sun emerged from morning clouds.
Bellies full, the group left on the long ride, down Chuckanut Drive and out east. We did have to rescue Elizabeth, who dropped her Buddy when she hit a patch of gravel, but she was not seriously hurt.
There was a lengthy rest stop before the stretch run back into town. The group reconvened at Jeff and Mary’s for games, prime rib, salmon and even little shrimp cocktails! Oh, and Mary’s seasonal berry shortcake. Yum!
Sunday morning was sunny and warm. Tom led a ride north for our Canadian friends, while Todd took a group south. Everyone had a great time, if the comments on our Facebook page are any indication.
See you next year? —Orin
Photos: Ali, Orin