The ride was held Saturday and about 40 bikers participated.
Lavinia Armstrong helped put the bike ride together and said all proceeds go to the First Baptist Church Ashville.
“They will distribute the funds out to where it needs to go in Shoal Creek Valley,” Armstrong said. “We just wanted to give back to our community. We have family and friends in Shoal Creek Valley. This is just one of the ways we can give back.”
The bike ride started at Piggly Wiggly in Odenville, covered three counties (St. Clair, Jefferson and Shelby) and 73 miles and ended up in Shoal Creek Valley. Bikers paid $20 per motorcycle and an additional $5 if they had a passenger.
Special guest biker was Dave Redmon, who has participated in the reality television show “Ice Road Truckers.”
Redmon and his wife, Wanda, have lived in Riverside the past 12 years.
He became interested in IRT and posted some YouTube videos and challenged the truckers to come South and try doing the same thing in Atlanta on a Friday afternoon at 5 p.m.
“After posting another video, they hired a talent agency from New York to track me down,” Redmon said. “I have been on three shows. One has already aired, one is airing now and IRT Deadliest Roads Season 2 will air in November.”
Redmon said the first show they wanted him on was IRT Season 4.
“Then, they put me on ‘IRT Deadliest Roads.’ I just got back from a 10-week stay in Alaska where we filmed IRT Season 5. The temperature was 40 degrees below zero.”
Redmon’s latest trucking adventure was in Bolivia, where they were filming IRT Deadliest Roads Season 2. He has been a truck driver for 25 years and currently drives for St. John Hauling.
Redmon said it is great to give back to the community.
“These tornadoes were within 10 miles of my house,” Redmon said. “I was in Bolivia when the tornadoes came through. I was trying to communicate with my wife and I was at my wit’s end trying to find out what was going on back here in St. Clair County.”
Moody native Patricia Glass also helped organize the bike ride because her brother-in-law, Bobby Glass, lost his house and vehicles.
“They are all OK and they are slowly rebuilding,” Glass said. “It means everything to me to be able to do this. I’ll do anything for anybody in Shoal Creek Valley. They have absolutely nothing and it’s heartbreaking. My heart goes out to the people who lost everything.”
Mary Armstrong also helped plan the bike ride and she was so excited about all the people who showed up to ride and help the people hurting in Shoal Creek Valley.
Another lady who helped organize the bike ride was Belinda Chapman.
“I’m just so glad we can do this,” Chapman said. “When we rode through the area for the first time after the tornado, we were just devastated, I knew then we had to do something to help these people.”
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