Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

2014 Missouri Patriot Express Dice Run - Kansas City, Missouri

Written by  September 30, 2014

On Sunday, August 24, 2014 riders gathered at The Brass Rail Sports Bar, Restaurant, & Pool Hall in Kansas City, Missouri, for the 2014 Missouri Patriot Express Dice Run to raise money for Fisher House and Operation Military Embrace, a non-profit organization providing assistance to military families during hospitalization, illness, or injury.

Registration began 8:30 a.m., and included a biscuits and gravy breakfast, a T-shirt, and goodie bag. After a blessing of the bikes, kickstands were up at 10 a.m. for a scenic 90 mile ride that included stops at the VFW in Excelsior Springs, Missouri for a 21 gun salute, a wreath ceremony at the Higgensville Cemetery, with the final stop at Dell’s Powersports in Blue Springs, Missouri for lunch. Our good friend Carol Diaz, as well as Mark and Shelly O’Dowd were instrumental in the event once again, and announced the raffles, and high and low dice roll winners. There was also an award for the top fundraiser.

The guest speaker for the event was once again the amazing Dave Barr. Dave is an amazing motivational and inspirational speaker. In 1969, at the age of 17, Dave began his military career with the United States Marine Corps. He served on a helicopter gunship in Vietnam and was awarded 57 air medals. Leaving the Marines in 1972, Dave still felt the need to fight for a cause. He was a soldier in Israel, later in Zimbabwe/Rhodesia, and finally in South Africa. In 1981 a landmine explosion nearly killed him and resulted ultimately in the amputation of both of his legs. Showing amazing determination, Dave was eventually able to return to active duty and complete his military career. After leaving the military, he undertook a series of epic world motorcycle tours, setting two Guinness World Records in the process. He is a well-known author and motivational speaker and is a member of the A.M.A. Motorcycle Hall of Fame. More information about Dave Barr is available on his website.

We would also like to thank this year’s sponsors and contributors:

Dells Powersports (Mark Riggins & Staff)
3105 U.S. 40Hwy
Blue Springs, MO 64015

Brass Rail (Shane & Kimmie)
4940 NE 81st St
Kansas City, MO 64119

The Whole Person
3710 Main St
Kansas City, Mo 64111

Wabash BBQ
646 S Kansas City Ave
Excelsior Springs, Mo 64024

Tuf Tees (Brent Hubbard)
11201 E 85th
Raytown, Mo 64138

Seece Machine Inc.
820 NW Main St
Lee's Summit, MO 64086

Pete’s Auto Service
6400 N Oak Trfwy
Gladstone, Mo 64118

Royal Transmission
7116 North Oak Trfwy
Gladstone, Mo 64118

Sam’s Service Center
8219 N Oak Trfy
Gladstone, Mo 64118

The Maintenance Shop
7012 N Oak Trfy
Gladstone, Mo 64118

Glazers Distribution c/o Mindy Rustici
1701 Vernon St
Kansas City, Mo 64116

Panera Bread (Karen Cole) Karen Levy Cole Marketing Manager Original Bread, Inc. (dba Panera Bread of Kansas)

Helen & John Goertz Family

D and R Motorsports (Dave Miller)
401 St Louis Ave
Excelsior Springs, Mo 64024

Excelsior Springs VFW/American Legion

Photos by Mike Schweder and Mike “Grid” Gridley

Mike Schweder

Editor-in-Chief - Kansas City, MO

Mike is the original founder of Cycle Connections Online Motorcycle Magazine and an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He has been riding for over 40 years, belongs to several local and national motorcycle organizations and travels to numerous rallies and events throughout the US each year. Mike has been a writer and editor for many years and has a passion for sharing his motorcycling experiences and stories with you. Contact Mike at mikes@cycleconnections.com