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Forward from Martin/EMRAT: Anyway, it's that time of the year again and it looks like Mother Nature will be cooperating (Knock wood!) Current weather forecast for Sunday, March 15th is Sunny with highs in the low 70s! So it looks like the 3rd Chuck Ferrari Memorial ride is a "go!"

I am still trying to put together the exact route but it looks like we will have a somewhat late start (around 10:00 AM) and we should be in Pueblo by around noon. To that end, can anyone recommend a biker-friendly restaurant somewhere in or near Pueblo? I have to admit I'm not that familiar with Pueblo so I'm not sure what would be good.

Since we will be heading South I'd like to start off in Sedalia at the Sedalia Grille (or for those who've lived in this area since the 1970's, the old Johnson's Corner) at the intersection of US 85 (Santa Fe Drive) and CO Highway 67 (Deckers Road.) We'll head down to Palmer Lake via 105 and then jump onto the Interstate through Colorado Springs, jumping off at Nevada/CO 115 to Penrose, and then turning East on US 50 into Pueblo.

The plan is to have lunch and then head over to the Pueblo Weisbrod Air Museum located East of Pueblo near the airport. I'm in the process of trying to arrange a museum tour. The museum opens up at 1 pm (1300 hrs) so that's why I plan on eating lunch first. After the museum we can all head home on our own or in a group, whichever people prefer.

As with the previous rides, this will be a fund raiser for the Colorado Humane Society, which was one of Chuck's favorite organizations. Feel free to donate whatever you wish. I'll be collecting the donations and turning them in on Monday the 16th. You can bring cash or a check made out to the Colorado Humane Society.

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I was recommended to the Shamrock Brewing Co. Nice place, good food. Not sure if it's open on Sunday. On 3rd St. as I recall.

Biker friendly? They let me in carrying a helmet. :D

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Thanks for the suggestion Rich! I definitely passed that on, as did someone else. Not sure if they also read your post, or it just has a good reputation :)
 

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You're going, Cuchulainn? I'm planning on going
 

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Follow up details via Martin:

Date: Sunday, March 15th
Start time: Kickstands up 10:00 AM.
Start Location: Sedalia, CO, Sedalia Grille parking lot (note that the grille itself will be closed but there are at least a couple of gas stations nearby for you to top off, get snacks, water, restroom, etc.)
Ride leader: Me (Martin Albright)

Our destination will be the Pueblo Weisbrod Air Museum located East of Pueblo. The museum itself does not open until 1pm but I have arranged a tour for us that will probably take at least an hour. My plan is for us to take about 1 1/2 to 2 hours to get from Sedalia to Pueblo where we will have lunch, and then head to the museum with the intent of getting there as close to 1pm as we can.

Here is a link to the museum for those who are interested:

http://www.pwam.org/visitorsguide.html

Address of the museum is 31001 Magnuson Ave, Pueblo, CO 81001 ‎

The woman I talked to was excited to have us here and she says they love to have motorcycle groups especially if they include veterans and people with an interest in aviation. Given that we're honoring the memory of an amazing aviator, I think the Pueblo Weisbrod Museum is an appropriate destination for our commemorative ride!

As was previously stated, this ride will be to benefit the Colorado Humane Society, and I will be collecting donations to turn over to the Humane Society. You can either bring cash or a check made out to the Colorado Humane Society.

I'm still looking for a lunch spot, any suggestions are welcome. The one suggestion that has been made is the Shamrock Brewing Company in downtown Pueblo:

http://www.shamrockbrewing.com/

If that's OK with everyone I'll call ahead to make sure they have enough seats.

Since we will be trying to make it to the museum at a specific time, we'll take a fairly direct route down: 105 down through Perry Park and then County Line Road to I-25, from there we'll actually stay on the interstate all the way down to Pueblo (yes, I know riding on the interstate is a drag but it's the best way to keep the group together.) If we want to we can take a more scenic route back, perhaps going West on US 50 through Penrose and up 115 to enter Colorado Springs from the Southwest.

Martin
 
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