The annual Chicken Ride in Hudson serves up baked goods, smoothies, and a delicious chicken dinner--all in a small town population 126.

If you like fried chicken, baked goods, and bicycling, then Hudson, Kansas was the place to be this past Saturday.

At least 111 persons from all parts of the state (even Minneapolis) decided that the 26 or 56 mile ride was worth the drive to Hudson for the delicious meal which followed the ride.

Any bicycle ride which begins with a gooey, soft cinnamon roll, includes freshly made cookies throughout, and ends with homemade pie and bread receives two thumbs up in my book. If that’s not enough, the last sag, or rest, stop on the longer route offered fruit smoothies.

Those folks in Stafford County really know how to bake.

The event was the annual Chicken Ride, hosted by the Hudson Bicycle Club. I affectionately subtitle it the “Tour de Baked Goods.”

I visited on Saturday with Gloria Siefkes and Peggy Bauer, both members of the Hudson Bicycle Club, at the last sag of the day, enjoying a cold strawberry-orange smoothie.

“It’s actually kind of a joke, really,” said Gloria. “There are only four members of the club who ride bikes.”

“And we don’t have any meetings,” added Peggy. Peggy’s son designs for the ride every year the T-shirts, which are always interesting and feature a variation upon chicken(s) and bicycle(s).

Volunteers from the community (population 126) come out in full force to make sure the ride is a success. All proceeds go to the Hudson Community Club for Community Improvement.

The nice thing about the ride is that it’s just up the road from Pratt, so you can be home by early afternoon to mow the lawn or clean the house.

The Chicken Ride happens every year on the first weekend in August. I hope to see you there next year.