The other week Jeff went down to New England Jam Chowda, the north east jam of all jams, with a bunch of the Animal team and it sounds like the whole day was a blast. We asked him how the event was and he wrote back what sounds to be an ideal fall day. Read what he had to say below, then check out a couple photos that were floating around the web from Dolecki after the jump.
Driving through the suburbs of Connecticut during autumn reminded me of a visit owed to long lost relatives, or dinner at Grandma’s and the turkey’s cold because you had to stop at a jam that you happen to pass on your way. No matter how you ended up there on that warm day simply doesn’t matter. As soon as I walked into the parking lot of the “coffee” shop, I was blown away. Rows and rows of tents containing New England’s finest BMX shops outlined the lot like a bunch of parents watching their kids proudly in the center. Anybody between the ages of 5-50 that rode a BMX bike in the NE area that day was in attendance, and why wouldn’t they be? Uniquely designed ramps built specifically for the day’s event by riders for riders or maybe it was the amazing food that you could smell from the side streets prior to entering. For the kids I bet it was the amount of professional riders that they were sitting next to while sharing a session with them. No matter how old or young, I’m positive they left with a smile on their face.
As the jam gradually slowed down, I ventured inside the café to rest and grab a cup of brew. The owners were eagerly still behind the bar awaiting customers. “Today’s the best day we’ve had in a long time,” said the cook. “It’s hard to attract people to our café when it sits off the main roads and blends in with the community.” They have BMX kids to thank for always going off the beaten path and exploring what most people wouldn’t.
‘Til next year!!!!
- Jeff Kocsis