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31st annual Indian Run, Spanko’s Rancheria

June 12, 2011


This past weekend was the 31st annual Indian Run.   Rick’s shirt tells most of the details:


Friday’s ride took us out through the foothills, along some quiet back roads up towards Downeville.  Saturday the plan was to ride to Colfax, then meet the Throwbacks at Paco’s Tacos in Grass Valley.  But the best laid plans…  Of the 25 riders, only a few grabbed a route sheet, and people were making wrong turns right after we left the Rancho.  Only a half dozen guys made it to Colfax, but everybody enjoyed themselves.  The scenic detours were nice, and nobody was in a hurry, or seemed to mind that we fractured into a half dozen groups that each had their own ride and their own fun.  Two of us made it to the picturesque old California town of Rough and Ready.  no pics though!  ;(


Fred’s handsome Chief.  IMG_7951



Dennis’ 37 ScoutIMG_7946


At sunset each night, Mark marched us all over to the cliff to watch the sun go down.  He told stories about the green flash of light, be we didn’t see it.  click the link to see some examples. 



20 acres of fun.  Here’s a snap of 8 kids having fun in something that used to be a Subaru I think or maybe a Hyundai or something.  Now it is a multi-passenger go cart.





Pete’s Chief.  oh boy, this one pulls hard.  It was a fun ride.  Thanks Pete!



Me with Pete’s other bike, his 1940 Sport Scout.  This one was more my speed.  Just enough power to keep a guy like me happy, and my favorite Indian other than the pre16 Hedstroms.


Ricky’s military bike




We went to the Red Frog outside Colfax, CA for lunch Saturday.  What a cool place.  It is a bar hanging on the side of hill.  No windows, so you can reach out and almost touch the tree tops while you drink a beverage and look at the snow-topped Sierras.  This moth was sitting next to my ale.  check out the eye lashes.



Field games:   The first game is balance the full cup on a stick, ride around the tree and back.  Whoever gets the furthest before they lose the cup wins.  It looks easy, but it is a challenge with a hand throttle, foot clutch and one hand on the stick.




Bite the mustard wiener



KISS helmet


Red Fred parks his Hap Jones 33 Ford in the weeds.IMG_8205

The Cash Prophets set up on the porch and played Johnny Cash songs on Saturday afternoon and night.



Mark and Fred getting red in the faceIMG_8020



A great big THANK YOU to Mark and Nancy for hosting the event; to Clint, Rick and all the other guys for setting it all up, cooking for us, T shirt art, route maps, etc etc.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 13, 2011 6:21 am

    MMmmmm my vote’s for that green Chief. Maybe someday…………. Rod’s update? Thanks a ton, Paul

  2. June 13, 2011 7:34 am

    Ok that looked fuggin fun

  3. June 13, 2011 6:10 pm

    Looks like it was a lot of fun. Is there anything more American than Indian? Thanks for posting. -JZ

  4. June 14, 2011 10:06 am

    Great coverage and photos Pete, really enjoyed it! Looked like a great time.

  5. Anonymous permalink
    December 25, 2011 5:38 am

    Sure miss the Indian Run! Still riding the same Chief here though, not a bit of changes to her either! Nice to see the same familiar faces and same bikes after all these years.

    Jon Peddicord


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