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Cruisin' to the Crossroads Guitar Festival

June 30, 2004
Most of my life I’ve been the lucky one. You know the type; someone who falls into a sewage lagoon and comes out smelling like lilacs. The first weekend in June this year was no exception; and what an incredible experience it turned out to be! If you like music, especially if you’re a blues or rock fan and you like to ride, stay with me on this one. My riding buddy Jim, who has no real job, was on his way to the lake the end of March when he heard a promotion on the radio for a guitar…

Marble Hill, Missouri - ATrial Run for Spokane

June 30, 2004
I’m learning quickly that packing gear to go on a motorcycle trip is a fine art — a REALLY fine art! This summer, Bill, Darren and I are going on a two-week trip to Spokane, Washington for a national BMW rally. Bill and Darren are riding their BMW’s while I tag along on my Honda Magna. When a recent BMW rally was scheduled for Marble Hill, Missouri, we decided it would be a great chance to do a trial run for the big trip in July. The only hitch was how to get me and all my gear on the…

Military Veterans Motorcycle Club

June 30, 2004
With each passing month, the war in Iraq begins to resemble the past Vietnam War. The U.S. military seems to be at a stand still, taking unnecessary casualties, while the U.S. civilian government practices nation building without an instructional manual. Now please don’t get me wrong, I love my country very much and would willingly give my life if called upon to do so in order to keep her free. However, military action controlled by politics has always spelled doom and caused wasted precious life throughout our past history. With the presidential elections lumbering towards us this November, both President…

Immacolata Manor Looks Forward to Over the Next Hill

June 3, 2004
For those of you that don’t know about Immacolata Manor, let me tell you about how they started and what they do today. The Manor is situated on 37 acres and was purchased in 1981 by a group called “Friends of the Handicapped.” It was then that the Manor was established as a home for women with developmental disabilities, with the Benedictine Sisters of Kansas City as the caretakers. The Sisters managed the home until they retired in 1997, and their work is now carried on by a non-profit agency, under the direction of a volunteer board of directors and…

JC's Sports Bar - A Northland Tradition

May 31, 2004
JC's Sports Bar is a unique biker friendly hangout, where they make you feel like part of the family as soon as you walk in the door. Along with their ever-popular Tuesday night bike night sponsored by Clay County Choppers, they also offer many specials throughout the week. On Mondays you can get a draw for only a buck, on Wednesdays you can get $4 pitchers of Bud, Bud Lite and Busch, and on Thursdays you can have a shot for only one George Washington. If you happen to be there for bike night on the last Tuesday of the…

Rotolo's Joe's Standard Bar – Home of the Best Live Music

May 31, 2004
Rotolo's Joe's Standard Bar in Blue Springs, Missouri may be one of the Kansas City areas newest bike night hot spots, but this biker friendly bar is rich in family history and tradition, and is one of the best kept secrets in the motorcycle community. Every Tuesday evening during riding season, the parking lot is roped off for bike only parking, and this nostalgic bar is transformed into a haven for bikers who enjoy live music, great food, and a place where they can roam around outside to mingle with friends and check out the bikes. Add a snug dance…

12th Annual Putt for Mutts

May 31, 2004
Wayside Waifs, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit humane society and animal shelter that admits nearly 12,000 pets each year. They survive solely on donations and receive no funding from the government or animal organizations. On May 22, for the 12th consecutive year, riders of all makes and models of motorcycles united to provide financial assistance for this worthy charity. Registration began at 9 a.m. at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Belton, Missouri. For a donation of $20, riders received dice run sheets, goodie bags, ride pins, and lunch catered by Wagon Wheel Barbeque. Special incentives were given away for various levels of…

15th Annual Run For The Homeless

May 31, 2004
For 15 years, motorcycle riders throughout the Kansas City area have been coming together the first Sunday in May to ride with one mission in mind: raising money for the City Union Mission in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. This year, bikers raised $26,374 in the Bikers With A Mission Run for the Homeless. Over the last 14 years, the event has raised more than $400,000.Sponsored and organized by the Cycle Disciples Kansas City Chapter, 593 bikers registered at the Cycle Disciples Clubhouse at the former Richards-Gebaur Air Force Base near Belton, Missouri. The 100 mile route took us east from…

Rolling Down the Road to Stockton

May 31, 2004
Rolling down the road, something just wasn’t right. It was the Wednesday before Memorial Day weekend of 2003. Four of us were a couple hours into a five-day ride that would take us through the Ozark Mountains, and in to Memphis for some Beale Street blues and a Graceland tour. Then we were going up to Springfield, Illinois for the legendary Springfield Mile. As we approached a rural Missouri town, we knew something wasn’t right. We weren’t sure what was wrong, but it didn’t take long to make sense of it. Our day had started with mostly cloudy skies and…

In Country Vets Motorcycle Club

May 31, 2004
Today, many Americans are trying to make some sense out of the war we are fighting in Iraq. Some are looking to draw parallels between the war fought in Vietnam and now in Iraq. Most citizens only know what they see and hear through government information releases and the various news media. All are very misleading, sensation seeking and self-serving to their needs. Every combat veteran, from any past or present war, police action or conflict knows you have to dig much deeper to weed out the inaccuracies and find out the real truth. Various veteran groups use their collective…

Angel Flight Central - Giving Hope Wings

May 14, 2004
The unpredictability of life could put any of us in a position of need. Accidents do happen which may leave you with no financial resources. Angel Flight Central (AFC) is filling a critical gap in the health care support structure in our area, yet remains one of the area’s best-kept secrets. Their mission is to arrange transportation on behalf of people in need for the purpose of access to medical care or for reasons of compassion or community service. They know that personal, financial and insurance resources will only cover a portion of the costs associated with an illness or…

Waynoka, Oklahoma – Snakes, Sand Dunes, and Rodeos

May 3, 2004
Waynoka is a sleepy little town with a population just under 1,000 in north central Oklahoma, but each year during the weekend after Easter, the population increases dramatically. Hordes of rattlesnake hunters, off-road vehicle enthusiasts, and bikers converge on Waynoka making it a beehive of activity and a great weekend destination. Since I lived in southwest Kansas for many years, it’s a great opportunity for me to get together with old riding buddies. There are a couple of motels in town and more in nearby Alva and Woodward, but most of the off-roaders camp out at the Little Sahara, and…

Easyriders® Bike Show Tour 2004

May 2, 2004
The Easyriders© Bike Show is without a doubt, the best annual bike show in Kansas City, drawing visitors from all over the country. This year's show was held on Saturday, April 3rd at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, and was the 10th stop on the tour. We had a booth at this year's show, which gave us the opportunity to meet many of our local readers. Cycle Connections cover girls, Angie (February) and Jayme, (April), were on hand to greet visitors and sign autographs. Visitors were invited to test their skills by throwing darts at our electronic dartboard…

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…