AHWAHNEE — The Sierra Shadow Casters motorcycle club is holding its very popular Sierra Memorial Poker Run through Yosemite on Saturday, June 24. Proceeds from the 8th annual event will go to local charities which benefit children’s causes.
The ride begins in Ahwahnee at the Hitchin’ Post, with registration from 8 to 9:30 a.m., and kickstands up at 9:45.
Riders will travel together to Mariposa for the first stop at High Country Health Foods, then ride up the beautiful Merced River canyon to Cedar Lodge for stop number two.
Next, riders are guided through majestic Yosemite National Park with the third stop in Wawona before heading to Miller’s Landing at Bass Lake for the after party.
Once motorcyclists reach Miller’s Landing they will be treated to a Tri-Tip Bar-B-Q lunch with all the fixin’s, and live music by the popular classic rock band Room Service.
A special prize drawing will be held for a commercial grade Charbroil propane BBQ, a 36-inch Cuisinart propane smoker, a 13-person party barge trip on Bass Lake compliments of Miller’s Landing, and a one-night’s stay at Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino with a $55 dinner voucher. Tickets for the drawing are just five bucks.
Participants can register for the ride the morning of the event in Ahwahnee between 8 and 9:30 a.m. or in advance on the club’s website www.sierrashadowcasters.com. A donation of $35 per rider and $25 per passenger is accepted the day of the event or $30 per rider and $20 for passenger in advance.
Bikers are encouraged to bring a photo and/or fill out a 3 x 5 card with a few words to memorialize loved ones, fallen veterans, friends or fellow bikers, to place on the available memory board.
“This is one of our most popular events,” says PIO officer Paul Hall. “Bikers love riding through Yosemite and giving back to the community at the same time. Of all the thousands of organized motorcycle runs, this is the most beautiful run in the nation. People come from all over to do this ride in memory of a loved one.”
The Sierra Shadow Casters Motorcycle Club (SSC), whose official motto is “Riding For Others,” is a 501 (c) (4) social welfare organization based in Coarsegold, Calif. The club was founded in 2003 for the express purpose of financially supporting civic and charitable causes in the mountain area.
Mountain motorcycle riders interested in joining the club, or organizations interested in partnering with the SSC for financial assistance, can learn more by visiting the SSC Facebook page.
The general public is invited to join in the festivities at Miller’s Landing at 2 p.m. on the 24th. Lunch is available for a donation of $15.
Locals are encouraged to bring the kids to check out the motorcycles.