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Erin Grant Presents: A Moonlight Ride, A June Moon, And A Campfire

Erin Grant

This weekend has been more eventful than I anticipated and I love that. I remember past Junes where the heat and the humidity have been unbearable but this past weekend, which started with Friday the 13th, was absolutely comfortable and beautiful. I started out as the driver of the tail car, well the WBKR van in this case, for our first ever ‘Moonlight Ride’ around Owensboro to benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital. I was amazed at how many people we had participating. Here’s a shot of part of the crowd ready to head out:

Erin Grant

The enthusiasm was unbelievable, and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it. So at 10pm, the police siren sounded and everyone took off. I was the last in line behind an OPD cruiser and our last bikers included a lady in a wheelchair. Friends, I’m telling you, I’ve never such determination and I watched her the whole time. As we were making our way down 2nd Street, the traffic behind me was trailing right along and at one point, a lady in a vehicle pulled beside me in another lane and she asked me what was the ride for. I explained and she said her father was a quadriplegic, so she was being respectful, plus, I found out she was not originally from Owensboro, so she wasn’t sure where she was going. I told her our next turn would be at Carter Road, and I think we lost her when we reached it. Again, I couldn’t believe our wheelchair bound participant’s persistence. I was told before I headed out that if I came up on a rider who couldn’t go on, I would pick them up and take them back to the starting point. I kept thinking I would have to pick up my special group, but they kept going, until…we hit the Carter Road/Parrish Ave. intersection.

My heart leaped when I saw “Sissy” take a brutal spill in the middle of the intersection. I panicked and I hit the brakes and I wasn’t sure what to do next. With assistance from the OPD officer, and her friends, she got back up. And although she would not continue, I was honored to see her journey and her desire to not give up.

Okay, the other big event Friday night? The full moon! I somehow forgot how to zoom with the camera on my phone, but there it is seen above. In case you missed it, we won’t see another full moon on a Friday the 13th until 2049. I’ll be 73 or 74, whichever comes first.

By the next day, I was ready to go and do something. Luckily, I got an invitation from some friends in Logan Co. to come out and sit around the campfire. Now, I love a campfire! It had been awhile since I had the pleasure of enjoying one. More than the fire, I was happy to be out in the country, and I loved driving the back roads with the lovely forecast on Saturday. The moon was full again, and I loved every moment I got to share with my friends and the fire.

Erin Grant

Once again, a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our inaugural ‘Moonlight Ride’ for St. Jude! We hope to see you next year!

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