If you're familiar with the central Florida chopper scene, you probably have heard of, or rode in, the TBR (Tarball Run). Back in 2019, the organizer of TBR, Tarball George, proclaimed after ten years, he needed a break, and this would be the last year he was going to host the TBR. Nobody wanted this event to end. Neither did Ron Williams, so he picked up the baton and teamed up with the man known as Dice, owner of the Crossroads Lodge in historic Lebanon Station, Florida.
Together they hosted the first R.I.P. Run in 2020. The name was to pay homage to the end of Tarball Run, the Flirtin with Disaster Run, and the one and done Manhandle the Panhandle Run. All these runs were packed with memories and friendships that are still alive today. This year’s R.I.P. Run was dedicated to three great men - Pete, Gary, and Justin. May these three forever enjoy the neverending highway. The campground at the Crossroads was a former limestone mine; it had a scenic waterfall and a Skydeck where you could hang out at night and gaze at the stars or howl at the full moon. On Friday night, Dice booked a great band that jammed until the crocodiles came home.
As the sun came up on Saturday morning, some of the guys stripped down to their skivvies, hopped on their bikes, and rode around half-naked as a tribute to Pete, who would ride his bike to the toilet in the a.m. in his undies.
The weenie bite was a big attraction for anyone that wanted to try their luck at biting the most weenies. I'm not sure if there was a weenie winner, but regardless, it was fun to watch! The competitive spirit was in full effect during the rest of the field games.
As the sun set on the day, it was time for the raffle. I want to thank all the good people that donated items for the raffle, and I was told the funds raised would go to the families remembered and honored.
The lucky winner was Manders. She went home with a custom painted gas tank donated by JW and painted by Ron.
I want to thank Ron and J.W for their hospitality and for taking the time to clue me in on the past and the future of the R.I.P. Run. I had a great time. It was nice to meet the good folks from all over this great nation of ours, and I hope to see you later, alligator.
Mark A. Garcia / Big Machine Photography