No boys allowed
First all-female motorcycle ride kicks off Saturday
Sometimes all a woman needs is a girl’s night out. And, thanks to Angie Blazek, Lori Glover and Kim Riley, a girl’s night out is fast approaching.
Ladies Lovin Life Poker Run is an all-female motorcycle ride, set for Saturday. Blazek said she expects between 50 and 60 people to sign up by Saturday for either the motorcycle ride or a party bus that is also available.
“Being with other bikers, they’re not bad people,” Blazek said. “I mean, they get a bad rap, a lot of them do. They’re nice.”
Proceeds will be donated to Dog Gone Rescue — a nonprofit animal shelter located in Creston.
The poker hands are paid back 100 percent to the people, but donations will be given out to a nonprofit organization.
After the motorcycle ride, the women will eat a donated dinner at Cromwell Tap.
“We’re having food that’s a free-will donation,” said Blazek. “And, all that goes to Dog Gone Rescue.”
A small auction of donated items will also be held after the motorcycle ride.
“We have a leather cross-body satchel,” said Blazek. “We have a Harley-Davidson blanket. I think that’s all we’re auctioning. Everything else we’re raffling, like T-shirts.”
Cards that are signed at each bar will be put in the raffle.
Ladies Lovin Life
The motorcycle ride starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at Montgomery Street Pub. Sign-up starts at 10 a.m., and is $10 for women riding motorcycles and $20 for those on the party bus.
“There’s, like, three of us girls that ride bikes,” said Blazek. “And, around one night, we was like, we should do a poker run. Then one thing turned into another.”
A poker run is a motorcycle ride where the rider gets a card before starting, then gets it signed or stamped at each stop.
“And then, when you get back to the last place, you draw a poker hand,” said Blazek. “Whoever wins that wins, sometimes, quite a bit of money.”
The ride first goes to Kramers Cafe in Orient for an hour lunch. Then ladies will ride to KC’s in Bridgewater, The Pub in Corning, Nitro’s in Gravity, The Outpost in Prescott and will end at the Cromwell Tap in Cromwell. The ride is approximately 130 miles.
“We’ve always just wanted to ride with all women,” Blazek said. “You get men that get out there, got to have the fastest bike. I rode in a lot of them this year; this is my first year out on a bike. They’ll just pass you like you’re sitting still out on the highway.”
Blazek said she and others are planning to make Ladies Lovin Life Poker Run an annual event.
“Instead of Dog Gone Rescue, we might do another one (nonprofit),” said Blazek. “Then, we might change the route.”