This past Saturday, September 8th, hundreds of rumbling, thumping and whirring motorcycles filled the streets of Placerville as riders from all over convened the 7th annual Kacies Ride For Hope (KRFH). As previously reported, KRFH was begun in 2006 by Pat Barron after his sister Kacie was killed by an ex-boyfriend. Riders pay an admission fee and those proceeds benefit the Center for Violence Free Relationships (“The Center”), an organization that Kacie was passionate about. Additionally, many local businesses contribute items to generate additional funds by raffling them off. Most notable this year was the Camino Outdoor Power contribution of a Husqvarna riding mower.
Placerville’s Main Street was closed to through traffic so that the participants could move or congregate freely around the iconic bell tower in the heart of the city. From the bell tower platform, several speakers informed the audience about the The Center, the destructive impacts of violence in our society and also educated them about the signs to watch for in an abusive relationship. The annual “Silent Witness” display was also a powerful, poignant means of getting the message across that domestic violence victims are real people that had families, friends, lives to live and dreams to chase – but were denied because of a violent act.
Overall, the themes of the messages from the bell tower were of love for each other, love of country (veterans were acknowledged and lauded), and an acknowledgment of the Almighty for the blessings in our lives. It was a beautiful day to ride a motorcycle through the Sierras and at 10am precisely, that’s what we did. The route went up and over Echo Summit on Highway 50, connected to Highway 89 over Luther Pass, then Highway 88 to the half-way rest point at Hope Valley. The rest point gave opportunities for pictures, conversation and hydration for the heat of the ride. Then it was over the Carson Pass to the Mormon Emigrant Trail and back to Diamond Springs. At the end of the ride, riders were treated to awesome BBQ and great music by the fantastic band Bone MacDonald. And new this year, was a motorcycle show with several categories. Be sure to see the slide show for a more descriptive narrative and pictures.
If you’ve never attended KRFH, mark your calendar for September next year. It’s a great way to see Placerville in a whole new light, to learn and make a difference about domestic violence, and to see the splendor of the Sierras with a few hundred of your (new) closest friends.
Until next time, stay tuned and upright,