Another record-setting ride
The world's largest Ronald McDonald House Ride just keeps getting bigger.
A record 1,507 motorcycles paraded through New York Mills Saturday afternoon for the town's 11th annual ride. That total is up from last year's previous record of 1,320 bikers.
The pop tab donations also set a record this year, with 1,600 gallons collected. That's up from last year's 1,250.
As of Monday morning, donations were at more than $131,000, and that number was expected to go up as the total was still being tallied. As is, the amount raised is the same amount as last year.
The winner of the weekend-long event's biggest prize, a 2012 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic, was Pastor Ryan Stout of NY Mills. Stout serves at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The ride took on a different route this year, crossing over the railroad tracks on County Highway 135 to head toward Parkers Prairie and Henning. Riders managed to stay together for most of the route, except at one point when a train went by, splitting up the end of the line.
The weather cooperated perfectly, with sunny skies and temperatures close to 90 degrees.
Earlier in the day, a related bike rodeo attracted 213 'little bikers.'
Area businesses donated 26 bikes to give away, and the Ronald McDonald House gave away mini-golf tickets and unlimited ride wrist bands to Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America.
Ronald McDonald, Grimace and the Hamburglar were all on hand to cheer the kids on.