Digital Extra: “Last Ride” brings hundreds to Baldwin County every year

Baldwin County

STOCKTON, Ala (WKRG) — Every year, the small town of Stockton becomes the center of a huge event that brings people from all over the country, as many as 800 of them.

Saturday the weather put a bit of a damper on “The Last Ride of the Year” but that didn’t stop hundreds of motorcycles from showing up to the Stagecoach Café. The free event has been going on for 22 years. Riders simply show up to the café, have lunch and head back home.

For Bob Hall, home is Albuquerque, New Mexico, “I’ve been here a number of times. This is just a great event. You get to see a lot of people, old friends meet some new friends and you just can’t beat having a parking lot full of bikes even when the weather’s not so great.” Hall has some bad weather ahead of him too. He’ll be riding home into a blizzard and 17 inches of snow. 

The oldest rider, 92-year-old World War II vet, Paul Smith, didn’t start riding until he was 86! Smith says after his wife died he went into a deep depression. His friend got him on a bike. Now he says motorcycles are the fountain of youth, along with a bit of scotch and a lot of coffee. 

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