Cyclists hit the road for ‘Where the Hell’s Maybell?’ 2019 ride
More than two dozen riders on Saturday braved the 30 miles of rolling hills between Craig and Maybell for the 33rd annual “Where the Hell’s Maybell?” bike ride.
The weather was cool and clear early Saturday as riders hit the starting line about 7 a.m. The ride started west of the big hill on US Highway 40, but some riders tackled it early before the official start.
Among the landmarks that waited to welcome them was Maybell General Store where owners Mary and Joe Schminkey had hot coffee and breakfast food. There was also a pancake breakfast ready for riders as they trickled in, provided by Bear River Young Life.
“This makes it a really nice kickoff to the new year after coming out of the winter slump,” said Joe Schminkey, smoking a cigarette as his general store began to fill up with locals and visitors alike. The wooden benches in their store no longer had openings as men and women chatted amongst one another.
Schminkey said their little mom and pop store always welcomes the business brought from events like Saturday’s.
“It’s a great kickoff to the summer,” Joe said. “In a rural community like this and a little mom and pop, after hunting season it drops off. It’s dead.”
“It’s always a good weekend for us,” Mary said.
Joe said he likes what Moffat County’s tourism office is doing to bring more events to the area.
“It seems like they’re trying to get more events on out here,” Scminkey said. “When the weather’s nice, this is your playground. It’s a big playground out here.”
About 8:30 a.m., the first riders could be seen entering Maybell.
Heather Fross and Wylie Sweet were perhaps the first to make it into Maybell Park. Though Fross said she technically cheated and didn’t ride the whole 30-mile length, Sweet said he left from Green Street in Craig about 6 a.m.
Though he was “a little wore out” after the ride, 43-year-old Sweet said he still had a full day of family time ahead of him.
“I gotta help my mom build a gate,” Sweet said.
Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume attended and said his office issued at least three citations to motorists for speeding during the bike ride Saturday morning.
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