Benefit Ride To The Springs Draws More Than 50 Riders To Support Injured La Cueva Teen Wyatt Taylor

Riders arrive Saturday morning in the parking lot at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 401 Trinity Dr. for the start of the Ride to the Springs, a benefit ride for La Cueva teen Wyatt Taylor seriously injured in a RTV accident in 2017. The effort raised more than $11,702 to help offset reconstructive procedures Taylor is facing and support the Catholic church in Jemez Springs. Taylor and the church will each receive a check for $5,851. Photo by John McHale/ 

Guest of Honor Wyatt Taylor and his mom Michelle were presented with prayer shawls from Nancy Kossar on behalf of the Prayer Shall Ministry Group at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos. Photo by John McHale/

Rally Master Richard Sturgeon in the white shirt answers questions about the ride. The ride was instigated by Sturgeon and sponsored by the Jemez Riders group, which is the motorcycle safety group at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Volunteers from the Knights of Columbus, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and many others helped with the event. Photo by John McHale/

Bad to the bone was a very popular arrival at the event. Wheaton Terrier Duncan enjoys an outing on the bike and nudges the driver when it’s time for a drink. Photo by John McHale/

More than 50 riders prepare for departure to Jemez Springs. Photo by John McHale/

The route to Jemez Springs takes the rally along the road on the Bandelier Loop. The line of riders stretches for more than a mile and is escorted by Los Alamos Firefighters on both ends to ensure the safety of the riders. Photo by John McHale/

Riders wind their way toward the Valles Caldera. Photo by John McHale/

Riders arrive at Madonna Hall in Jemez Springs. Photo by John McHale/

The Jemez Springs Riders Group helped to organize the chile cook off. The cook off drew 15 teams vying for the top prize, which was won by Cathi Mairson for her green chile mix recipe. The cook off was a huge success. Photo by John McHale/

The winners of the big raffle drawing, a 1999 Triumph Tiger, were Rick Christensen and his son Lucas. There were many, many other prizes offered in the raffle. Photo by John McHale/