The fourth annual Jimmy Bedford Ride roared through Lynchburg on Oct. 12. The motorcycle and car brigade started at the Larry Moorehead Pavilion in Wiseman Park, traveled through scenic Moore and Franklin counties to The Cross on Sewanee Mountain and returned to the pavilion for lunch and festivities.
Friends and folks who like to ride, from all over Tennessee and several states beyond, joined the Bedford family on the beautiful October day to remember Jimmy and enjoy a great ride. The Bedford family puts the monies raised back into the community in Jimmy’s honor.
Chocolate Lab colored T-shirts honoring Jimmy’s dog Zimmer were designed and printed by Brian Smith from Creve Coeur, Ill., featuring a design drawn by Alice’s father in law, Ed Pleming from Old Hickory.
The riders returned to a Bedford-style BBQ lunch smoked the night before by brother Bill Bedford and friend Willie Marsolek from South Milwaukee, Wisc., and a few other friends willing to wait up through the night.
The route was planned by special friends Greg Keen with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and Tommy York. Sheriff’s Mark Logan and Tim Fuller supported the ride by providing a deputy escort through the entire route.
Deputies Glynn Haston and Russell Herrin escorted the group.
Ride participants love and appreciate taking home a little something special from southern Middle Tennessee.
Special bikes were recognized with choice awards by Jack Daniel Master Distiller Jeff Arnett and Jimmy’s wife Emily Bedford.
The awards were specially created by Kevin Sanders, local artisan. Sanders also made Jimmy’s Ride coasters, which each rider took home as a memento of the ride.
The Jeff Arnett choice award was presented to the ‘Squire Mike’ Prewitt bike from French Lick, Ind. Gregg Petty from Dickson, won the Emily’s Choice honor.
Friends and family members helping the Bedford family with many details included LeEllen Bedford Carter, Sandra Bedford, Mary Kay Counts, Katie Sims, Sue Clark, Michelle Gaw, Lindsay Reed, Kaleah Keen, Christy Millsaps, Dave and Marian Heydon from Canada, Hank and Judy Terjen and Spring Li.
Arnett, Randall Fanning and Steve May helped with their support of the ride from Jack Daniel’s Distillery.
Before the group left Saturday morning, pork tenderloin biscuits and coffee were prepared and served by special friends Randy and Renee Piper and John and Joan Nolen.
The fifth annual Jimmy’s Ride will be held on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014.