The Ice Cream Run For Children's Sake
American Spirit M.C., Tri-County Chapter
The Ice Cream Run
By: Tom Perretta
This police escorted event is not your typical traffic snarling, cursing and fist waving, run of the mill parade. This fabulous ride takes place far from the frustrated, maddened motorists of our own metro-“mess-o-politan” region. Its venue is about 150 miles west, by northwest of New York City, firmly in the heart of Delaware and Broome Counties of New York. The “parade” traverses about one hundred miles of roads many of us suburbanites only dream about! Read on you skeptics!
The run is aptly named “The Ice Cream Run for Children’s Sake”, as it is a benefit run dedicated to helping those children afflicted with serious illnesses, and you, the rider, get to act like a kid for a day by stuffing yourself with various flavors of hard, soft, sandwiched, and “sundaed” ice cream. The dairy delights are plentiful and served up at each of the four stops along the route.
Riders were welcomed, at the sign-up, in Hamden, New York’s Town Hall, by local volunteers, members of American Spirit M. C., Tri-County Chapter, The Freebirds M. C., and Ray The Ice Cream Man. Your $15 sign-up fee got you a wristband, which was “carte blanche” to a breakfast feast of ham, eggs, bagels, donuts, muffins, milk, coffee, juice, and copious amounts of the aforementioned ice cream, an Ice Cream Run T-shirt, and a run pin! The merchants and kind folks of Hamden, Walton, Delhi, Downsville, Deposit and environs donated all the food and such.
At each of our Ice Cream stops, Ice Cream Man, Ray Seyforth, president of the Run Committee, had organized volunteers to greet and serve all the ravenous riders within minutes of their arrival. The Andes Hotel, Cassie’s Kitchen, Hogan’s General Store, The Catskill Market, Klinger’s Kawasaki, Hansen’s Farm Supply and the Meadow Park Senior Citizens, all provided refreshments, ice cream, and the use of their facilities.
Now for you skeptics, the roads! Dawn broke on this past July 3rd with light blueberry skies, a sugar cone sun, scoops of vanilla clouds,(sorry, I just couldn’t resist!) and our group ready to ride. We left Long Island at 6:30 AM, and even with nine bikes, a stop for a slight mishap, gas and necessities, our arrival in Hamden left us enough time to quickly renew some old acquaintances, register, have a bite to eat, and join the festivities. Since the parade begins promptly at 11:00 AM, scheduling dictated our route be the most direct, however, it was far from mundane. We traversed the Bronx River to the Sprain Brook, over the Tappen Zee, to scenic Route 17. An earlier departure might allow you to head north on the Taconic Parkway, cross the Rhinebeck Bridge, pick up Rt. 28, to Rt. 30, to Rt. 206, to Rt. 10 into Hamden.
Once the parade was underway, the superb police escort, which included representative from the NYS, Deposit, Delhi, and the NYC DEP Police forces, adhered closely to the posted speed limits, mostly 55mph! Actually, an officer from the NYC DEP led us most of the way as we skirted the beautiful Pepacton Reservoir, part of the greater New York City water shed. If you have ever participated in past Ramapo 500’s, you’ve been on some of these great two-laners. Even though there were over four hundred participants, the pace was perfect. The scenic highways meander for miles through long sweeping curves, past towns whose only existence is evidenced by signposts that acknowledge they succumbed to the flooding reservoir. What better to way to enjoy an absolutely gorgeous day than riding through about one hundred miles of the rolling Catskill foothills?
To a person, our group has never felt so welcome, and it was all because everyone knew the beneficiaries of all this good will. This, the tenth annual Ice Cream Run will aid Zachary McNeilly, living with Cystic Fibrosis, and nine month old Brynne Backus, afflicted with Infantile Osteopetrosis. Trevor Doring, twelve, crushed both his legs in a farming accident, as a result, one leg was amputated. Christina is recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor. She faces chemo-therapy and radiation treatment, as Ray Seyforth explained his dedication to this run.
The riding concludes on the main street of Deposit, which was closed to traffic. The Deposit Chamber of Commerce sponsored space for vendors, a motorcycle show, games, clowns, door prizes, and music provided by Steele Survivor and Blues performer Dana LaCroix.
Next year’s Ice Cream for Children’s Sake is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, July 2, 2005. Put it on your calendar, it is a rewarding and entertaining full day ride. However, don’t wait to ride this scenic area of New York State. The event organizers put together a journal that details supporting local eateries and lodging. For more info: www.theicecreamrun.com, www.americanspiritmotorcycleclub.com