Saturday, September 12, 2009

Rapids Riders Vermilion River Clean Up 2009

The weather was forecast to be gloomy and wet...they lied was sunny and beautiful for the clean up. A great group of people assembled this morning to take on the Vermilion clean up. This is not a clean up for wimps. The amount and type of trash that gets thrown in the river combined with the steep cliffs and horrendous trails makes for a grueling mornings work. It's not for everybody but the special people that showed up today can count it a morning well spent. A mountain of trash was collected and carried up the cliffs. The annual bike count was low this year. Maybe about 5. One grill. Lots of scrap metal and bags of trash...mostly alcohol related. Thanks to our sponsors...Shred Ready, Midwest Mountaineering, 3M, Friends of the Mississippi and of course Rapids Riders there was enough swag that everyone who came was able to get a door prize. Doug Ritzinger winning the Shred Ready Helmet. Sara Koop and Jodi Buche both won NRS throw bags. Great job today everyone! Special thanks to Graeme and baby Murphy for holding down the headquarters freeing me up to get down and dirty in the river...again!

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