Monday, November 29, 2021

The Tour de Taverns



By Matt Walthour

Do you like to play a little poker or maybe enjoy a nice casual bicycle ride? Well, why not put them both together and have even double the fun? Does this sounds like fun, well it sure is so why not come on out Saturday, September 10 for the 3rd annual Tour De Taverns.

The Tour de Taverns is much like a poker run, except on bicycles. The cyclists pedal to each “tavern” pick up a card and then pedal off to the next, all the while enjoying a nice casual ride, with a great group of people. This year the ride will start at about 10:00 am at the Sand Bar, then stop at the following restaurants, Crazy Flamingo, Sunset Grille, CJ’s on the Bay, Porky’s, Snook Inn and the final stop at the Sand Bar where the winning poker hand will be revealed. There will be a cash prize for the winning hand and there will be raffles for some other great prizes.

The Tour de Taverns was started in 2009 by Jimmy Boylan with the help of the great staff at The Sand Bar. That year they raised about $7000.00 to benefit Olivia Davis. It was such a success and enjoyed by so many people that theydecided to make it an annual event. Last year, 2010, there were about 140 riders and it raised over $10,000.00 for Pearcetin Trammell a young girl who was born with severe disabilities.

The Tour de Taverns is a great event, always a lot of fun, and always for a great cause. This year on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and to remember and honor all those lost and their families, all proceeds will be going to the Twin Towers Orphan Fund, an organization founded on September 11, 2001 for the sole purpose of providing educational and welfare assistance to the children who were orphaned (who lost one or both parents) by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

So air up your tires and pedal on down to the Sand Bar on September 10, cost, $25.00. Be sure to sign up early at any of the above sponsoring restaurants or Island Bike Shop to be sure you receive the most sought after Tour de Taverns t-shirt. Don’t have a bike?? No worries, Island Bike Shop will be donating some cruiser bicycles to anyone who needs them. Any other questions you can call Capri from The Sand Bar at 919-2794. SEE YA THERE!!

Matt Walthour, a Marco Island resident since 1985 is a graduate from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and is the owner of Island Bike Shop and Scootertown on Marco Island and Naples. He is also a member of the Marco Island bike path ad-hoc committee.

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