by Ken Huizenga
The Thursday Morning JKG ride has become a “must” event for me. Not only does this ride provide some of God’s most breathtaking scenery but it also brings together an awesome group of people.
Every week the members of IC3 Race Team, the hard chargers from the JKG Strava Group, and at least a dozen or more people from just word of mouth gather to ride. We leave from Le Buzz Coffee Shop in the North East Tucson Foothills and ride up to milepost 5.5, arriving at the Molino Basin Campground parking lot. Once we arrive at Molino Basin, we gather for about 10 Minutes for a bit of fellowship and to wait for all the riders to arrive. A crazy high speed downhill sprint follows for a sure adrenaline rush, and we then meet back at the parking lot we originally left from.
The real purpose of the JKG is to encourage one another to accomplish goals and to have a place where people of all experience levels can schedule a ride, an outing or time to just hang out…every member has ownership and can invite friends. You don’t have to leave your race team to be a member of the JKG…all are welcome. When we get together you can see that we all just mesh and have a great time. This ride is exactly what I was looking for and have been privileged to be a part of it now for over a year.
Many thanks to JKG/Strava Director Jason Smith and IC3's Jimmy Davis Jr. for organizing and keeping such a great ride alive and thriving.
One of IC3 Race team members always opens with a word of prayer. We find ourselves thanking God for his many blessings, the great group of people to fellowship with and ask for him to guide us safely back to our families. This is one of the high points of my week for sure.
Matthew 18:20 - For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.