With much thought, Paul Ashbrook, Hope Ride Director, has canceled Hope Ride 2021 due to the coronavirus variant(s).  Initially, there were thoughts of making it virtual with no close contact during registration and stops; however, there was a problem in finding event liability coverage.  

Undoubtedly, our community will greatly miss driving by our schools with parking lots as well as grassy areas full and many bicycle riders traveling our scenic country roads while pulling over at stops to enjoy a variety of food and music after enjoying an early breakfast and later congregating on the town square for lunch and more music.  And local organizations will miss the funds brought in for their worthy causes.   

Paul also posted the following statement on the Hope Ride website:

“If your non-profit group or service organization is interested in continuing the Hope Ride's Legacy of giving by assisting with the 2022 Hope Ride, contact us at hoperide@gmail.com or text to 812-603-0466.”

The first ride brought in 13 riders but has grown steadily to become one of the most attended and most enjoyed rides.  There are many wonderful stories that could be shared by participants and, of course, by the cows grazing in the fields.  Paul and his wife, Carol, look forward to working with others so those stories can continue in 2022.