This Saturday, September 8th, the streets of Placerville will fill with motorcycles as riders congregate to remember Kacie Barron, killed by her boyfriend in 2006. The 7th annual Kacie’s Ride For Hope (KRFH) is an event to remember her, but has grown into a gathering of society at large to call attention to the tragic and far reaching consequences of domestic violence. The proceeds go to benefit the Center for Violence Free Relationships, known in El Dorado County simply as “The Center.”
After her tragic murder, surviving family members (particularly brother Pat) were determined that her life and death would not be forgotten. So they organized this benefit motorcycle ride, because one of Kacie’s favorite things in life was riding motorcycles. And the mid-way point of the ride, Hope Valley, was one of her favorite places to go. KRFH was born.
From its humble beginnings with only a few dozen riders and Pat shouting instructions through a bull horn, KRFH has grown in size and prominence. So much so that starting in 2010, the city of Placerville graciously allowed the gathering and the beginning of the ride to take place right in the middle of town. The hub of activity naturally is the bell tower and the entirety of Main Street is closed for three blocks in either direction. It’s a real treat for riders and spectators alike. And may I say as a resident of Placerville, I am proud and pleased that the city’s administrators have the grace to allow such an event to take place smack in the middle of town. It speaks well of the city’s character.
So take the short ride up the hill to Placerville. Rub elbows with some really nice riders and citizens who will welcome you and thank you for your support. Learn a little about Kacie Barron and other victims of domestic violence from guest speakers who work in that field of endeavor. Enjoy a custom/antique motorcycle show, take a magnificent ride through the Sierras, top it all of with the music of Bone MacDonald while feasting on great BBQ, and take comfort in knowing that you contributed to a worthy cause.
The ride itself is an eye-opening experience of the best vistas the Sierras have to offer. You don’t need a Jart Chart (how old am I?), a navigator or even a map for the ride, as the course is lined with volunteers showing you the way at each turn. You also need not worry about being an “Iron Butt” as Pat & Co have arranged a real nice rest stop at Hope Valley, complete with snacks and beverages. For a sneak peek at the sights, check out the slide show or see the articles on the 2009, 2010 and 2011 rides.
This will be my fourth year on the ride and it is simply one of those “can’t miss” events on the annual calendar. Doesn’t matter if you ride a Harley, a Beemer a Gixxer or a UJM (look it up), the ride is for all of us to support all of those who need help in escaping domestic violence.
Until next time, stay tuned and upright,