The Village of Shade, Ohio has been pretty slow since they closed the elementary school and then later moved Route 33. The road that runs through Shade is now called Old Route 33. But last Sunday, there was nothing slow or old about the little village of Shade. There were hundreds of top of the line Enduro motorcycles and riders gearing up for the big Lost in Lodi Enduro motorcycle race. This annual event attracts riders from as far away as South Carolina and Indiana. It’s a grueling race on country roads, but mostly following a rough trail deep in the southeast Ohio hills. There was a big rain on Saturday, which made a lot of mud on Sunday. A lot of riders like the mud. It gives them a chance to show off their off-road skills and it’s certainly entertaining to watch. There were more than three hundred riders this year. Each rider brought along family and friends to cheer them on. There was a father and son team from north of Columbus. They were in competition with each other, but were there just to have fun. The event was sponsored by the Lost in Lodi Motorcycle Club and profits from the event goes to the local volunteer fire department and other local groups. 

Messenger photos by John Halley

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