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2015 Missouri Patriot Express Dice Run-Kansas City, Missouri

Written by  September 23, 2015

On Sunday, August 23, motorcyclists gathered at The Brass Rail Sports Bar, Restaurant, & Pool Hall in Kansas City, Missouri, for the 6th Annual Missouri Patriot Express Dice Run, a fund raiser for Fisher House and Operation Military Embrace, a non-profit organization assisting military families during hospitalization, illness, or injury.

Registration kicked off at 8:30 a.m. and included a delicious breakfast of biscuits and gravy, a commemorative T-shirt, and a goodie bag. Just before the 10:30 departure, riders gathered for greetings, ride information, and a prayer of blessing for the bikes and their riders. The weather could not have been better for the scenic ride of about 100 miles with stops at the Lathrop Masonic Lodge, the American Legion Post 236/V.F.W. Post 741 at Excelsior Springs, and concluding at the Blue Springs Elks Lodge.

As the riders turned onto Oak Street in Lathrop, they were greeted by the stirring sight of a color guard proudly displaying the Stars and Stripes. Several of Lathrop’s emergency response vehicles were also on display. During the Excelsior Springs stop, the group made a brief visit to the Missouri Veterans Memorial where another prayer was offered. At the Elks Lodge in Blue Springs, there was a final opportunity to roll dice before turning in the cards so that the winners of the prizes for high and low totals could be determined.

After everyone enjoyed a nice lunch, Mark O’Dowd introduced the guest speaker, Dave Barr. Dave began his military career in 1969 by joining the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 17 and served on a helicopter gunship in Vietnam. After his discharge from the Marines in 1972 he served in the armed forces of several countries including Israel and Rhodesia. In 1981, while serving with the South African Defence Force, he was severely injured in a land-mine explosion in Angola and lost both legs as a result. He was fitted with prosthetic legs and completed his tour of duty.   

In 1994 Barr set a world record by riding a Harley-Davidson 83,000 miles around the world, including a 13,000 mile segment from Atlantic to Pacific, crossing Northern Europe and frozen Siberia. The motorcycle that Barr used for the trip is currently on display at the A.M.A. Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio.

Barr set another world record for riding the Southern Cross. During 1996, in just 45 days he completed the first motorcycle journey ever between the four extreme geographical corners of Australia. Barr was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000 not only for his world record setting travels, but also for his charity work. Dave is a well-known author and motivational speaker. More information about Dave Barr is available on his website.

After Dave’s speech, raffle prizes were presented, and winners of the high and low rolls were announced. All of this year’s contributors, donors, and host organizations were much appreciated. Special thanks to Dell’s Powersports and Mark Riggins for donating the food.

Stripe

Photojournalist/Account Representative - Kansas City, MO

Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at stripe@cycleconnections.com