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Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

2017 Geezers and Wheezers Classic Motorcycle Show – Blue Springs, Missouri

October 31, 2017
On Saturday, September 30, 2017, Stripe, JO, Nichole, Skye, and I walked out the gate from our backyard and down the street to Dell’s Powersports (DPS) for their annual Geezers and Wheezers Classic Motorcycle Show. We normally ride to most of the bike shows we cover; however, it was kind of nice for a change to walk there from home in my shorts and sandals.

11th Annual “Mad Dog” Memorial Ride – Birmingham, Alabama

October 31, 2017
We woke up Sunday morning, August 13, to an absolutely beautiful day for a ride! That in itself was a pleasant surprise, because this summer’s weather has been like Forest Gump’s box of chocolates.

8th Annual Joshua Berry Ride for the Burkett Center - Morris, Alabama

October 31, 2017
It was an absolutely beautiful day as bikes started rolling into Riders Harley-Davidson in Trussville, Alabama for registration to the Burkett Center Ride.

42nd Annual ABATE of Kansas Labor Day Rally - Lake Perry, Kansas

October 25, 2017
Every year during the Labor Day weekend, Lake Perry’s Paradise Point becomes Kansas’ center of motorcycle activities.  Rally gates opened at noon on Friday, September 1.  Admission was $30 for members of A.B.A.T.E. and other motorcycle rights organizations.  Non-member’s paid $50, and a Sunday only pass was $20.  Active and retired military discount was $10.  Bands on the schedule for Friday were Mike Powers Trio, Double Vision, and Eleven After.

33rd Annual A.B.A.T.E. of Iowa Freedom Rally - Algona, Iowa

October 23, 2017
The 33rd Annual A.B.A.T.E. of Iowa Freedom Rally took place at Freedom Park near Algona, Iowa, on June 29 and 30 and July 1.  Thursday was my travel day and a great day to be on a motorcycle.  I had missed this rally for the last few years due to schedule conflicts and was really excited to be back. 

42nd Annual ABATE of Kansas Labor Day Rally Award Winners - Lake Perry, Kansas

October 15, 2017
Apologies for missed names and misspelling.   Contestants don’t always supply complete information, and handwriting is sometimes difficult to read.  Lists and photos follow:  Photos by Stripe and Doc Lonnie Blum.

Road Trippin' to Sturgis - 2017

August 30, 2017
Since we were unable to ride up with the group last year, I was really looking forward to this year’s road trip to the 77th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Oil change…check, everything packed…check (at least I think so), house sitter arranged…check, OK…time to get the hell out of Dodge…or rather Blue Springs!

Paint & Ink – The Body Art of Sturgis

August 30, 2017
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.

Mark Buzbee Benefit Bike Show – Leeds, Alabama

August 30, 2017
It only took about six weeks, but on Friday, July 21, 2017, we finally managed to get the benefit bike show for Mark Buzbee won and done!

Sturgis 2017 - Stripe's Trip

August 29, 2017
For my annual Sturgis trip, as with nearly other trip, there are always last minute preparations, mainly stemming from procrastination.  On the Wednesday afternoon before the trip, I noticed that there the brakes on my Durango appeared to be overheating.  No problem—this could wait until after Sturgis.

Sturgis 2017 Bikes

August 27, 2017
Check out this year's photos of Sturgis bikes..  Watch for more pics to be added.

Sturgis 2017 Babes

August 27, 2017
Check out this year's photos of Sturgis babes..  Watch for more pics to be added.

Tattoo Contest-ABATE of Iowa Freedom Rally-Algona, Iowa

August 27, 2017
People who attend the annual ABATE of Iowa Freedom Rally at Algona always have plenty of entertaining activities to choose from.  In fact there are so many, it’s almost impossible to take them all in.  One that is certainly worth making a priority is the tattoo contest held each year in the food court area.  Picnic tables at the south end of the area become the stage on which all kinds of amazing tats are judged in various categories, 

Sturgis 2017 Bikers

August 26, 2017
Check out this year's photos of Sturgis bikers.  Watch for more pics to be added.

1st Annual Bobstock Motorcycle Rally – Coffey, Missouri

July 30, 2017
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.

Mecum Motorcycle Auction – Las Vegas, Nevada

July 30, 2017
Mecum Motorcycle Auction held a Motorcycle Auction on June 2 & 3, 2017. The auction was held at the South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, where more than 600 motorcycles rolled across the auction block.

Bike Week Oklahoma 2017 - Sparks, Oklahoma

July 29, 2017
Every summer bikers come from all directions to get together at Sparks America Campground near the tiny town of Sparks for Oklahoma Bike Week. The dates for this year’s event were June 15 through 25. Bike Week always features live music on stage every night, bike shows and Woody’s auction of chainsaw artworks and furniture on both Saturdays, and lots of bike and people games. There are fun themes for most nights of the rally.

Bike Week Oklahoma Awards - Sparks America - Sparks, Oklahoma

July 29, 2017
Lots of awards are handed out every year at Oklahoma Bike Week  The lovely awards presenter was the reigning Miss Sparks America, Lana Morrison-Miller.  Our apologies to any winners we missed with so much activity going on.  Here is a list of the bike show awards for the second weekend.

Flat Track Motorcycle Racing at LakeSide Speedway – Kansas City, Kansas

July 10, 2017
Saturday, June 10, was a busy day for me. After participating in the annual Bikers With a Mission (BWAM) ride for the homeless that concluded at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri, I headed for Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, for the flat track races on the 4/10-mile dirt oval. I arrived in time to spend some time hanging around the pit area.

2017 Veterans Brotherhood Blessing of the Bikes - Irondale, Alabama

June 30, 2017
It was a beautiful day as we got up on Saturday morning April 22, 2017 to head over to the Veterans Brotherhood where they were hosting the “Bond Slaves” annual Blessing of the Bikes.
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