After Labor Day, residents of Christopher Creek were getting ready for things to slow down and the highway to become a little quieter.
Well, it didn't quite work out that way. This last weekend there was a constant sound of motorcycles coming up Highway 260 heading for Colcord Road. You could hear the rumble of these bikes all hours of the day and night as they made their way to the 10th Annual Mountain Madness, held Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
I had to see what all the hullabaloo was about, so Nancy Olson and I headed up to Colcord Road to check it out. We arrived in the afternoon and to my surprise this is quite a big deal. You have to check in at the entrance and pay a $10 fee to get in, then you are given a wrist band, a raffle ticket and a meal ticket. We headed down the road to an open meadow where about 30 vendor booths were set up. I was amazed to see even a therapeutic massage booth at the site. There was a very large truck, called Hog Heaven, for dining pleasure. People were walking everywhere, and there was probably one of the largest displays of leather I've seen in a long time.
We made our way around the booths and talked with several people. I talked to the DJ, Maja, who seemed to be in charge of the events. He said they had live bands every night and a very big bonfire where those attending could keep warm and listen to the music.
Another person I spoke with was Marty. He was with the Tucson Motorcycle tribe. He was helpful, telling us about the many different games throughout the day and trophies awarded for the best in each class. All the signs had "ACMC" on them, which stood for Arizona Confederation Motor Club. Marty said the club members get together each year and keep the lines of communication open between the groups. They listen to music, and have fun. On Sunday, they clean everything up and have church services.
Once again, all you heard on Sunday was the rumble of the bikes as they left the Rim country for home, and it is quiet again in Christopher Creek.
Homeowners to meet
According to Sam Seay, Saturday, Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. the fall meeting of all the homeowners associations will be at the Fire Hall. The topics to be discussed are: bark beetle, highway construction, forest health, West Nile virus expectations, plus there will be a question and answer period. Speakers will be on hand from Payson Ranger District, Pleasant Valley Ranger District, U of A Extension Service, RPAP, Kiewitt Construction, Kramer Construction, and Gila County Health Department. This will be the last meeting of the year. It will be an opportunity to review how the associations did this year and what to expect next year. All residents are encouraged to attend.
Oct. 1, Rita Quay; Oct. 3, Rod Britain; Oct. 7, Ralph Bryan; Oct. 8, Mary Bryan; Oct. 14, Jon Williams; Oct. 15, Lois Jones; Oct.17, Tracy Purtee; Oct. 21, Donna Adams; Oct. 22, Sally Tharp; and Oct. 25, Bob Schillings. Wishing all of you a very "Happy Birthday."