‘Ticket to Ride’

Published 10:01 am Thursday, October 5, 2017

By Betty F. Jones
News Correspondent

WOODLAND – Folks were treated to an ideal autumn day here Sept. 30 for a “ride” to benefit Pine Forest Rest Home.

A blue sky with fleeting clouds, slight breeze and perfect temperature factored into a memorable event hosted by the Lost Riders Motorcycle Club Misfits Chapter.

Riders staged arrivals in time to be present for the 9 a.m. registration. The group gathered for the morning prayer and then manned their bikes with kick stands up at 10 a.m. signaling the start of the ride.

William Ayscue (Hotsy) mounted on his trike led the pack on an approximate 80-mile ride, which encompassed Rich Square, Lewiston, Oak City, Scotland Neck and returning to Woodland.

The rest of the club prepared the delicious plates consisting of fried whiting, homemade boiled potatoes and coleslaw and bread along with chilled bottled water.

Riders on spiders, three wheelers, and motorcycles all enjoyed this invigorating ride. Among much laughter and fellowship they were treated to a sit down mouth-watering meal.

The riders donated $20 for the ride and meal. Others donated $8 for the meal. This allowed around an approximate $1,000 donation to the rest home.

The club has invested in two tents, one housing four tables and 32 chairs, the other protecting four fryers to cook fish or chicken. Potatoes were boiled in two, 100-gallon pots and another one of 80 gallons.

This year, the Misfits have held five or six rides for people in need because of health issues or other hardships.

Roger Byrum “Trigger” said, “The clubs work together and participate in each other’s fundraisers.”

Previously, the Lost Riders set up to cook and seat riders and guests at the ALS Catfish Hunter Ride

“Trigger” and his wife, Kay, participated in Greenville’s Harley Davidson store’s Biker’s For Christ seventh and final Jacob Run. He was a 7-year-old killed by a drunk driver. These rides grossed $100,000 which was donated to a children’s hospital in Jacob’s honor.

“Trigger” said he plans to participate in the New Bern Harley Davidson ride in December. Monies made go to Toys for Tots program and the Howell Center Children’s Home. His daughter, April Lynn, was a 12-year resident there prior to her death.

“The above rides had 800 to 1,500 riders participating,” he said.

The Suffolk Peanut Festival Ride scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 8 is another event he is looking forward to riding in.

The Misfits have built wheelchair ramps and donated several electric wheel chairs. The club has walkers and another electric wheelchair to donate. They recently acquired a patient lift.