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Reported by Ann Evans. Photos by Susan Beach and Billy Burford.

Ann Evans interviewed Billy Burford, past FBC Associate Pastor, Ministry of Support, for this story.

Ann Evans (AE): How did First Riders start?
Billy Burford (BB): David Beach, Charlie Finley and I had lunch and talked about getting the motorcycle riders KSU and ready to ride! of FBC, and any other motorcycle enthusiasts, together for a ride. Our first ride was in April 2007. We now regularly have riders from Second Baptist. And we have a few “celebrities” who often join us – Bruce Heilman, past president of University of Richmond, and Jim White, past editor of the Religious Herald.

KSU and ready to ride!AE: What is the goal of First Riders?
BB: To enjoy God’s creation, to experience the freedom of riding a motorcycle, and to have fellowship. In addition to having a good ride with fellow bikers, we also help support Kingdom events like readying Camp Alkulana for summer (Richmond Baptist Association’s camp for low-income and at-risk children) and Thunder in the Hills (an annual Christian motorcycle weekend retreat).

AE: When are the rides?
BB:  The third Saturday of each month from April to October. We normally meet in First Baptist Church Robinson Street parking lot at 9:30 am with five or six bikers KSU and ready to ride by 10 am.

KSU and ready to ride!AE: Where do you ride?
BB: Anywhere there’s a road!

While the rides meander through Virginia’s beautiful scenery and stop to enjoy great local food, we do visit interesting destinations. Some recent ones include: Jamestown/Williamsburg, Graves Mountain, Urbanna, Carl’s Ice Cream Shop in Fredericksburg, Fort Monroe, and the “five and dime” ride (Rt 5 and Rt 10) to the Surry Ferry.

KSU and ready to ride!Editor’s Note: For more information contact Carl Evans: 804-795-1545. For anyone interested in learning to ride a motorcycle, there are First Riders available to help you pass your VA motorcycle license requirements.

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