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Waynoka Snake Hunt

May 2, 2004
This year was the 58th anniversary of the Waynoka Snake Hunt organized by the Waynoka Saddle Club. Rattlesnakes are displayed in a large pit. There are always two or three people in the pit (wearing tall boots). They pick up the snakes and allow spectators to touch and pose for photos with them. The combined rattling of all those snakes is audible from the sidewalk outside. I spent some time with Moon Mullins, the club secretary, and Sam McCall, a board member, and learned that the club has about 40 local members but many more from all over the country.…

Paddy O'Quigley's – Bike Night, Done Right!

May 1, 2004
Paddy O'Quigley's in Lee's Summit, Missouri is without a doubt one of the hottest bike night location in the Kansas City area. On any given Thursday evening, it's not uncommon to see 200-300 bikes lined up in the parking lot. Why are they such a popular biker hangout? Is it because they block off most of their parking lot for bike-only parking? Is it because of the $2.50 bottled beer, $8.50 pork chop dinners, or $7.95 baby back rib plate? Is it because they grill brats and burgers outside and let you walk around the parking lot with your beer…

Easyriders® Bike Show Tour 2004 – Kansas City Show Winners

May 1, 2004
This year's Easyriders® Bike Show included more than 200 custom bikes that were divided into two classifications; a Judged class and a Spectator class. The Judged class is for the top-end bikes from the best builders in the area, and was judged by the editors of Easyriders, V-Twin, Biker magazine, as well as some of the master bike builders who are part of the Easyriders® tour. The Spectator class is more for the backyard builders, who build their own custom bike and want to compete. When guests entered the show they were handed a ballot, which they used to vote…

Little Sahara State Park

May 1, 2004
The Little Sahara State Park, located just south of Waynoka, has 1,600 acres of dunes up to 80 feet tall. For a fee of $7 per rider per day, visitors have access to some great off-road activity. ATV’s dominate, but there are also lots of motorcycles, dune buggies, jeeps, and other off-road vehicles. Don, one of the co-owners of Little Sahara Power Sports, took a few minutes to visit with me about the park. He informed me that the Snake Hunt weekend is one of the two busiest weekends of the year and that over 15,000 off-road enthusiasts attend. Other…

Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA)

May 1, 2004
I have decided to write two articles for this month’s Veteran Rider’s page, so your normal monthly tour of duty with me has been involuntarily extended. I wish to share with you another veteran related web site and its supporting organization, followed by a short reflective article on the upcoming Memorial Day holiday. Actually, the group I was fortunate to interview for this month is tightly connected to Memorial Day, as they all must have served in combat to be a member of their association. Now, this does not take away from all the of non-combat fellow veterans, as the…

Hot Rods & Harleys Cruise Night at Knuckleheads Saloon

April 30, 2004
The weather did not cooperate on Friday night, April 9th for the kickoff of Hot Rods & Harley's Cruise Night. Temperatures dipped into the 40’s and the large crowd that attended did so in cages. There were approximately a dozen bikes and five hot rods to show off. The cool weather did not keep the bikers away from Knucklehead Saloon where Rich Berry jammed away at the blues. Friday, April 16th was a different story, with the highs in the 80s during the day and perfect riding weather at 6 p.m. when the crowd started arriving. The street was lined…

Motorcycle Ladies Day at Yeager’s Cycle

April 30, 2004
More than thirty riding diva’s left Kansas City on April 3rd for a day trip to attend a Ladies Day seminar in Sedalia, Missouri, sponsored by Yeager’s Cycles and Sales. The weather was a nippy 37 degrees when we departed so our full leathers felt great. The sun was shining and so was all the chrome as we headed down 50 Hwy. I must say, the Missouri Highway Department made some headway through the winter months patching all the chuck holes from last year ! It wasn’t near as rough as I expected.Due to an overwhelming response, the seminar was…

Biker Rodeo

April 30, 2004
The bike rodeo put on by ABATE NW #69 is always the highlight of my Waynoka trip. The event is held at the rodeo arena a couple of miles east of town. Admission is $4 plus a $1 entry fee for each event. Proceeds are shared with the Waynoka EMT’s. Events include slow ride, keg roll, barrel race, potato race, and (of course) wiener bite. Plaques donated by various merchants and individuals are presented for first and second place in each event. There is also a “dash for cash” for the children who rush to pick up plastic eggs with…

May 2004 - A Time of Reflection, Recognition, and Support

April 30, 2004
May is an important month for the U.S. military, as well as for those who have loved ones serving throughout the Armed Forces. Many people in the United States believe that May 31st is set aside to remember all those who have passed on to the afterlife. Most citizens don’t have a clue when it first began to be observed. This special day of recognition is for the remembrance of those who have fallen in battle, defending our Nation and the tradition began just after the Civil War ended. In 1865, Henry C. Welles, a druggist in the village of…

Bikers With A Mission for City Union Mission

March 31, 2004
When you think of homelessness in Kansas City, the first place you probably think of is the City Union Mission. Here are several good reasons why that is true: They have served the poor and homeless in Kansas City for nearly 80 years. They provide 200 beds for the homeless, making it the single largest source of homeless shelter in the four-state area. An infirmary offering basic medical services. They offer life skills classes. The opening of the Vanderberg Youth Center. They offer summer camps for youth.The City Union Mission was opened on September 15, 1924 by Rev. and Mrs.…

Bike Nights Are Back!

March 31, 2004
Did you know there are more than 25 bike night locations just in the Kansas City area?If you've been reading our magazine for any length of time, I'm sure you were already aware of this, however, we just wanted to give you a heads up on what's going on around town!You can click the following links to view more information about your favorite bike night locations or use our interactive Bike Night Locator Map for a bird's eye view of all bike night locations at once! Tuesday: Antoinette’s Restaurant & Lounge (Bike night start date undetermined) Brewsky’s (Bike night start…

Snake Saturday Parade a.k.a. Float Building 101

March 31, 2004
Participating in this year’s Snake Saturday Parade was a blast, even though Mother Nature kept spitting on us from time to time and sending some cool wind our way. Even with the threatening weather, we had a total of 18 riders, and another 14 people riding on the float and walking along side to pass out candy and beads. For the past several years, we’ve ridden our bikes to the Snake Saturday Parade in North Kansas City, Missouri to hang out with friends and watch the parade. However, in October of 2003, shortly after publishing the first issue of our…

Cassoday - The Sturgis of Kansas

March 31, 2004
About an hour south of Council Grove on Highway 177 is Cassoday, Kansas. It's not far from the Kansas Turnpike. But don't blink as you ride through. It's that kind of small rural community where Main Street is a gravel road. There's a small U.S. Post Office, an antique store, an auto-body-welding shop, a couple of other buildings, and a cafe surrounded by a few houses. On a good day, the population of Cassoday might be 100! But come the first Sunday of the month, May through October, the little community of Cassoday rumbles with the thunder of thousands of…

Black Berets Motorcycle Club

March 31, 2004
This month, I have the pleasure to share an interview with you about another veterans web site and motorcycle club in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I think you will find this club's charter to be an honorable one: supporting Prisoners of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) activities. As I mentioned in earlier reviews, the power of any veteran motorcycle web site resides in the character of the supporting motorcycle club. So, top off that coffee cup and let me introduce you to the Black Berets Motorcycle Club (BBMC)! CC: How did your club get its start? Peachz: The club's history dates back…

Special Olympics and Harley Riders – A Perfect Match

February 29, 2004
Have you ever seen the faces of Special Olympics athletes when a group of Harley riders arrive? I have and it is a sight to behold. For the past six years, the Greater Kansas City H.O.G. Chapter has worked the 100 yard dash at the annual KC Metro Area Track and Field competition. I began volunteering at many Special Olympics events over 20 years ago and these athletes pour their hearts and souls into winning. Having the Harleys there is just icing on the cake. The Athlete Oath is 'Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be…

JC’s Sports Bar – The Coldest Beer in Town!

February 29, 2004
Did you know there is a bar in the northland that has bike night year round and claims to have the coldest beer in town? Neither did we, until we ran into Karen Foster at this year’s Cycles N More bike show. Karen had her 2001 Harley-Davidson Sportster on display in the JC’s Sports Bar section of the show, and we took a photo of her and her bike, which made its way into the Cycles N More Bike Show article we published in our February issue.A few days later I received an e-mail from Karen thanking us for including…

All American Bike Show at the World of Wheels

February 29, 2004
Bartle Hall was the venue for the 44th Annual CARQUEST Auto Parts World of Wheels held on February 13-15. Those who purchased tickets were treated to two great shows for the price of one. The All American Bike Show sponsored by Gail’s Harley-Davidson and the American Heartland – Kansas City Chapter H.O.G. was located in the center, surrounded by rows and rows of beautiful antique cars, street rods, race cars, race boats, and 4-wheel-drive rock crawlers. There was even a customized fork-lift! Vendors sold everything from t-shirts to transmissions, and various motorcycle shops and bike builders, both large and small,…

Ground Breaking Ceremony for a New Harley-Davidson Dealership

February 29, 2004
For me, it’s always exciting to see a new motorcycle dealership being built in a community. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the ground breaking ceremony for Gail’s new Harley-Davidson dealership. The event was held on Monday, February 9, 2004 in Grandview, Missouri at the northeast corner of Highway 71 and 150.Upon my arrival, I counted over 100 supporters gathering in and around the ceremonial tent. I was happy to see a few bikes parked in front of the tent, as they added just a bit more magic to the ongoing activity. These riders certainly epitomize the “No…

A Tale from Down Under

February 29, 2004
In February of 1999, I decided to buy my first big Harley. As a kid, I had a little Harley 90, but now I’m no longer a kid. I bought a used 1997 Fat Boy with several after-market upgrades. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a great time to take delivery of my new bike, so I had the dealer hold it until I returned from a trip to Melbourne, Australia. I returned on March 31, took delivery on April 1 and was looking forward to putting on some miles, weather permitting, but it rained most of April that year so it sat…

Bikers and Veterans: Cycle Disciples, Kansas City Chapter

February 29, 2004
As I began this journey of reviewing veteran motorcycle related web sites, I quickly discovered that many of them have a motorcycle club as their support base. Each web site reflects the same mission, objectives and values of the supporting motorcycle club. So this journey will take us much deeper than originally thought. Hopefully we can discover what the riders behind each web site are really trying to accomplish. I’ve always been fortunate to meet the right people at the right time throughout my life. This great blessing was again bestowed upon me a few weeks ago, while attending the…