---- — TICONDEROGA — Large groups of riders are taking to the streets this weekend — on motorcycles in Ticonderoga and bikes in Jay to raise money for local organizations.
On Saturday, Ghost Chapter 19-3 New York of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association will hold its sixth-annual Ghost Ride from Ticonderoga, through the North Country and back to Ti.
On Sunday, the Ausable River Association’s second-annual Ride for the River will follow that waterway, starting from Jay.
The 148-mile Ghost Ride ride will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday with registration, $10 per bike, at Treadway’s Motor Sports, 207 State Route 9N, Ticonderoga. The actual ride starts out at 10:30 a.m.
Motocyclists will head north through Crown Point, Port Henry, Moriah, Witherbee and arrive at the Mineville cemetery at about 11 a.m.
A formal wreath-laying ceremony will be held, featuring a color guard from local Veterans of Foreign Wars posts and brief remarks by Town Supervisor Tom Scozzafava, at the memorial of Raymond “Buzz” Wright.
Wright was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Lyndon B. Johnson for his actions during the Vietnam War.
The ride will continue north through Westport and Essex and stop for lunch at Rick’s in Willsboro.
Then, the riders will go to AuSable Forks, Jay, Keene, Keene Valley and Elizabethtown before heading south on Interstate 87.
They will get off at Schroon Lake, ride through Eagle Lake, Paradox and Chilton and conclude the ride at the VFW in Ticonderoga. A barbecue will follow with dinners costing $10 each.
Local volunteer fire departments and town residents are being urged to go out to cheer the motorcade as it passes through each community.
The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association is a national nonprofit comprising more than 10,000 veterans of all combat eras.
Ghost Chapter 19-3 New York donates to area veterans organizations in Clinton, Franklin and Essex counties and have provided the motorcade for local World War II Honor Flight trips.
The chapter will also host a pig roast, which is open to the public, at 5 p.m. today at the Ticonderoga VFW, 12 Shore Airport Road. Dinner will be donations only, and DJ entertainment will begin at 7.
All proceeds from the ride and activities will be donated to charitable organizations.
RIDE FOR THE RIVER
The Ausable River Association’s Ride for the River starts starts at the Village Green in the hamlet of Jay on Route 9N.
Cyclists of all ages and skill levels can register for one of three scenic routes, designed by LeepOff Cycles of Keene Valley, along the Ausable River.
Departures are at 8:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., depending on the route chosen. The amount of the registration fee also depends on the route. Registration is open at RideForTheRiver.org.
Following the ride, from about 11:30 to 2:30 p.m., a picnic and live music by Darryl Stout and Eric Klotzko is planned at the Jay Covered Bridge. A new canoe is being raffled.
This year’s ride is in memory of Carol Rupprecht, a dedicated steward of the Ausable River.
Association Director Corrie Miller called the ride “a chance to honor all that the river provides – clean water, exceptional recreational opportunities, a healthy ecosystem, an aesthetic beauty unrivaled and the strong ties between our valley communities.”
The Ausable River Association is a non-profit, community-supported organization that works cooperatively with landowners, municipalities, other organizations and government agencies to protect the resources of the Ausable Watershed.
All proceeds will benefit the association’s work.