Organizers won't let the rain stop the fun when the American Cancer Society's 2008 Clay County Relay For Life's first Motorcycle Ride.
Carrol Evans, a Relay committee member for a several of years, has dreamed of organizing a motorcycle ride, but didn't know how to organize one until she and her husband Scott joined the Christian Motorcyclist Association (CMA) last year.
"All during my time with Relay, I've wanted to have a ride," Evans recently told The Brazil Times. "While riding and ministering with the group, I told a couple of friends about my hope to organize a ride to benefit Relay for Life."
Evans said Bill Trout, CMA Ride Chaplain, and Mick Morman, CMA Road Captain, immediately volunteered. In January, the three sat down and decided a ride date for Saturday, June 7.
"Bill suggested the destination, the Moonshine Restaurant in West Union, Ill. It has the best hamburgers and cheeseburgers going," Evans said. "Bill and Mick planned the ride. They even drove the route during the winter months to make sure it was going to be a good ride."
Expecting a large turnout, organizers found themselves in the middle of pouring rain that caused major flooding throughout the Wabash Valley the morning of the event. As a safety precaution, the ride was canceled.
"We were all set. We had a ride date, a start and end site, a destination, and a road captain; we had the release forms and the bracelets. Then the rains came," Evans said.
"The first ride date was flooded out, along with most of the Midwest."
Participating in other rides since then, Evans has seen the devastation the floods left behind from the back of her husband's motorcycle.
"One of the effects we didn't expect was the smell. All your senses are involved when you out surveying the flood," she said.
As for the weather for this ride, Evans urges riders to be prepared.
"Scott and I participated in the Mayor's Ride in Terre Haute recently. There were around 700 motorcycles with about 1,200 participants and it poured. Still, most of these participants rode in the rain. We were soaked, but we had fun," Evans said.
"So, this time, if there is just a sprinkle, we'll still go. So bring your rain gear just in case. We'll just have to wait for the date, see what the day holds, and pray for good weather."
The new date is scheduled is Aug. 2. The ride is scheduled to start promptly at 9 a.m.