Rides, Rallies and Events Recap
Doc Lonnie Blum

Doc Lonnie Blum

The Black Hills Rally is a mecca for those freedom loving souls who use their own bodies as an art canvass. As you walk the streets of Sturgis during the rally, you see a number of colorful and intricate tattoos and paintings walking the streets with you. This year, I tried to record some of this art, both the finished product and the process of creating it. The creations run the gamete from a simple symbol or writing to epic masterpieces that cover the whole body.

Last year a large group of bikers were devastated by the announcement that a local Missouri motorcycle rally they had all attended together for many years would be no more. Then Robert Carr and a large group of his friends decided to put together one themselves, and Bobstock was born. Their ideas, work, and dedication led up to the 1st Bobstock Rally, which was held July 13-16, 2017.

On Memorial weekend, May 27-28, 2017, the 4-States Event Center in Eureka Springs, Arkansas hosted a fundraising weekend to raise money for Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.).

84 bikers came out in support of veterans on a beautiful sunny morning on May 13, 2017. The riders started from either the Independence, Missouri American Legion Hall or from Yeager Cycle in Sedalia, Missouri and met in the middle for a celebration honoring veterans in the parking lot of the Holden Community Activity Center in Holden, Missouri.

Even as a seasoned Sturgis rally attendee, I’m always in shock and awe at the number of beautiful and hardworking ladies that travel to Sturgis every year to work as bartenders and food servers.The rally would be much different, or even not possible without them, so this year I did a special pictorial dedicated to the sexy servers of Sturgis.

When I had my stroke four years ago, it was questionable whether I would ever ride again. I learned to walk again, and then learned to drive the “cage” again. Many people told me I would have to get a trike to be able to ride again, but I said I was going to learn to ride on two wheels again first, and that is just what I did, even though it took me about three years after the stroke.

On Memorial weekend, May 28-29, 2016, the 4-States Event Center in Eureka Springs, Arkansas hosted a fundraising weekend to raise money for Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.).

On October 17, 2015, a group of bikers from the Kansas City area met at the Grand River Rally Campgrounds in Urich, MO to support a favorite tattoo artist who had been injured. Rod Creamer, owner of Sideshow Tattoo in Sugar Creek, Missouri had fallen down a flight of stairs and shattered two vertebrae. Having no insurance, the medical bills were weighing heavily on his family.

May 30, 2015 was a cold and cloudy morning for the end of May, but the organizers and models were on a mission. The mission was to bring bikers and beauties together for a good cause. Although they had a bit of a late start, there was no shortage of excitement and enthusiasm as they were working together for the families that depend on St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Despite the rain and thunderstorms on May 16, 2015, which is Armed Forces Day, the 2015 Camp Valor Outdoors Patriot Ride was a huge success. Although the rain kept most of our riders from participating, we still had nearly 100 bikers complete the nearly 120 mile journey, which ended up at the Holden Community Activity Center for the remainder of the scheduled activities.

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