Orland motorcycle run raises money for vet memorial
The roads of Glenn County were rumbling with the sound of motorcycles Saturday as hundreds of riders gathered to raise money for a permanent memorial to honor the City of Orland's fallen veterans.
Eight years ago there were only 14 riders for the inaugural "Motor-Icicle Run," this year they numbered about 250.
The riders gathered at the Orland Fire Department before heading out on a hundred-mile tour through the rural roads of Glenn County and then back again for a chili dinner.
Their goal, to raise money for a permanent memorial to the 67 Orland veterans who gave their lives in defense of the nation.
And while many riders came from Glenn County and Chico, ride organizer Bob Pasero says they came from all over Northern California.
"Actually from Sacramento all the way north to Redding," Pasero says. "I have one rider I understand from Dunsmuir here. Which means they either came down last night or they got up awfully bright and early this morning and rode down through the Sacramento River canyon to be here in support of our fundraising efforts to build a memorial for our fallen heroes."
For Pasero, who is also the former police chief of Orland, the annual ride is a labor of love.
"Once a year I get to ride with a couple hundred of my closest and dearest friends and it is always a thrill. It is always a thrill when you have this many bikes together."
Rider Ed Schnurbusch, who came up from Willows, agrees.
"Aw it's great, especially on a day like this," he says."Couldn't ask for more fun. It's going to be a beautiful day. [I'm] happy to help out."
But it's called the "Motor-Icicle Run" for a reason.
President Tracey Quarne of Orland Pride, the group that puts the fundraiser on, says with the ride held in the heart of winter the riders typically have to bear the elements.
"The first time this ran the temperature was in the 30s and it was raining," Quarne says.
Fortunately Saturday's forecast called for sunny skies and highs in the 70s, which may have helped the huge turnout.
"No icicles today," Schnurbush says with a laugh. "Sunburns, maybe."
And with conditions ideal and Orland's finest leading the way, off they went to tour Glenn County.
Veterans looked on, waving and even saluting farewells.
Veterans happy to be honored by motorcycle riders who are similarly happy to get out and raise money for those who gave up so much fighting for this nation.
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