Fr. James Bartelme had an idea. It was clearly audible over the vroom of his Honda 1100 Saber motorcycle. He knew there were others riders in his parish, Ladysmith's, WI, Our Lady of Sorrows, so he put out a call. And motorcyclists being what they are eagerly signed on for a Sunday afternoon cruise. Bartelme thought a ride would be a good way to raise money for the parish's school. He made pledge sheets and ordered t-shirts.
Dubbed the Padre's Ride 2006, 26 riders on 20 bikes showed up on June 11. One 83-year-old woman rode on the back of a Harley-Davidson with her son. And a 9-year-old rode with her father. They netted more than $4,000 from pledges for the school's general fund.
The Padre's Ride covered 114 miles on back roads and county highways. Riders crossed the Flambeau River, blazed through Bruce and Radisson and followed twisting roads to Winter and made it back home in three hours. "It was a lot of fun," Bartelme said, "and no one hit a deer." Superior Catholic Herald