Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

8th Annual Gailapalooza - Grandview, Missouri

May 1, 2014
The party that annually marks the beginning of the prime riding season in the Midwest is Gailapalooza. The 2014 event was the 8th hosted by Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri and took place on Saturday, April 12.

4th Annual MLB & SOB First Ride - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

May 1, 2014
The start of the riding season party in Eureka Springs, Arkansas that was founded four years ago by myself, Doc Lonnie (photographer here at Cycle Connections and leader of the MLB biker group), had its fourth edition on the weekend of April 11-13.

Biker BBQ for Autism – Exeter, California

April 1, 2014
March 16, 2014 turned out to be an awesome day! A Biker BBQ for Autism was held at 4K Bar Ranch in Exeter, California.

12th Annual Kelsi Long Memorial Ride – Augusta, Georgia

April 1, 2014
Augusta, Georgia - March 15, Augusta H-D hosted the 12th Annual Kelsi Long Memorial Ride. Then at ten am, 300-plus bikers hopped on their hogs and revved up their engines and helped to raise more than $6000 for the Medical College of Georgia's Children's Medical Center.

Moonshines & BBQ Cook-Off Festival – Union Point Georgia

April 1, 2014
The Moonshines and BBQ Cook-Off Festival is a two-day event that started March 21 and ran through March 22. I can tell you that for the bikers who were drinking moonshine, it was a three day event.

5th Annual Vintage Motorcycle Show - Lawrence, Kansas

March 10, 2014
This year’s vintage motorcycle show took place on Super Bowl Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Building 21 of the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence, Kansas. I’ve come to the conclusion that for some reason, the Santa Fe Trail Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America really likes holding their bike shows on Superbowl Sunday.

2014 All-American Motorcycle Show/World of Wheels - Kansas City, Missouri

March 10, 2014
The 54th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts World of Wheels Show drew big crowds of auto and motorcycle enthusiasts to Kansas City’s Bartle Hall during the weekend of February 14-16. A special added attraction at the show every year is the All-American Motorcycle Show presented by Gail’s Harley-Davidson .

10th Annual Christian Biker Workshop - Kansas City, Missouri

February 1, 2014
For ten years, people who share a passion for their religious faith and the love of motorcycling have gathered on the campus of Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary on a Saturday early in January for a Christian Biker Workshop sponsored by the Kansas City Chapter of Cycle Disciples M/C .

VCA's Bringing Christmas Home 2013 - Exeter California

January 1, 2014
Valley Cycle Association (VCA) held its 2013 “Bringing Christmas Home” run on Sunday, December 22, 2013.75+ Riders from VCA, 5 Diamonds MC, 99 Saints MC, Central Valley Riders MC, Street Royalty MC, and Kinfolk MC participated in the run. Three pickup trucks were needed to haul the presents and elves!

16th Annual Veterans Ride - Grandview, Missouri

January 1, 2014
Every year around Veterans Day, Tom Allen, a long-time Gail’s Harley-Davidson employee and a Vietnam vet, leads a ride to honor military veterans. This year’s ride was on Saturday, November 9, an absolutely beautiful Fall day. The 180 or so participating motorcycles were staged in the lot behind the dealership. Registration was free, and the first 100 riders received a ride pin. The riders gathered just prior to the 12:30 p.m. beginning of the ride and were welcomed by Gail. Based on a show of hands, roughly two thirds were military veterans. Tom added his welcoming remarks and read a…

Biker Halloween Bash at Sparks America - Sparks, Oklahoma

December 1, 2013
Witches are said to ride broomsticks. As it turns out, some ride motorcycles. So do ghosts, vampires, knights, naughty nurses, doctors (with questionable credentials), and various other costumed characters. Around Halloween, they all head for Sparks America Campground near tiny Sparks, Oklahoma for a long weekend of partying, playing games, listening to live music, and celebrating the biker lifestyle. Robert and Brenda Butler are host and hostess for these festivities and many other events at Sparks America. The campground has a large wooded area where the office, shower house, vendors, and much of the tent camping are located. South of…

25th Annual Toys for Tots Ride - Rawhide Harley-Davidson - Olathe, Kansas

December 1, 2013
In spite of temperatures in the forties, Kansas City area bikers mounted up, loaded toys on their scoots, and headed for Rawhide Harley-Davidson in Olathe, Kansas. The date was November 3, and the occasion was the 25th Annual Toys for Tots Ride. Members of the Central Midwest H.O.G. Chapter were on hand to direct parking and assist with registration. Participants donated at least $10 and a new unwrapped toy and received a goodie bag, souvenir coin, and ride pin. The Combat Logistics Regiment 4 is responsible for toy collection. A MTVR 7-ton truck decorated with Toys for Tots banners was…

12th Annual 9-11 Tribute Rally and Ride - Grandview, Missouri

November 1, 2013
On September 7, thousands of motorcyclists gathered at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview-Missouri to honor the memory of the 9-11 victims and to show appreciation for veterans, those currently in military service, and people who work in law enforcement and emergency services. The day began with free biscuits & gravy. There were activities for the children and various displays to see including first responder vehicles, antique military vehicles, police cars and motorcycles, General Tommy Franks Traveling Museum, and dozens of vendor booths.

2013 Heartland Police Motorcycle Challenge - Independence, Missouri

November 1, 2013
The Heartland Police Motorcycle Association was formed in September 2010 with the goal of emphasizing the importance of continued training in an effort to improve the safety of police motorcycle operations in conjunction with raising money for various charity organizations or groups. Each year the association conducts a police motorcycle training seminar/competition. The event gives motor officers an opportunity to hone their riding skills while providing the general public with a chance to observe and appreciate the amazing way the competitors are able to maneuver their police bikes. The large parking lot outside the Macy’s store at the Independence Center…

9th Annual Barber Vintage Festival - Birmingham, Alabama

November 1, 2013
What a gorgeous weekend for a festival! Bikes were rolling into town as early as Thursday for the start of the 9th Annual Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

15th Annual Autumn Thunder Beach Rally - Panama City Beach, Florida

November 1, 2013
The Autumn Thunder Beach Rally in Panama City Beach, Florida kicked off on Wednesday October the 2, 2013, with live bands jumpstarting the party at Sharky’s, Salty Goat, Wicked Wheel, Ms. Newby’s and Whiskey’s Saloon. Whiskey’s also played host to the 1st preliminary round of the Miss Thunder Beach contest.

Trans-Labrador Highway

November 1, 2013
Tom and I arrive at Baie-Comeau Canada located on the Fleuve St. Laurent (St. Lawrence Seaway) in late afternoon, mid-June 2013, where we were to meet up with Dave and Blair to ride the Trans-Labrador Highway. This highway is roughly 1000 miles of a combination of new asphalt to potholed gravel and everything in between. It is in the process of being all paved so this will be one of the last years in its current rough state.

Vietnam Traveling Wall Escort – Tulare, California

November 1, 2013
The Vietnam Traveling Wall made its way to Tulare, California on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. The Vietnam Traveling Wall is a replica of the Vietnam Wall Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Traveling Wall is designed for people to see the names of the 58,253 military members who gave their lives during the Vietnam Conflict.

19th Annual Kansas City Bikers for Babies® RIDE – Kansas City, Kansas

November 1, 2013
The nation’s number one Bikers for Babies® fundraiser takes place in Kansas City. Beginning in 1995 with $3,000 raised by 130 riders the event has seen dramatic growth. Last year participants numbering nearly 5,000 came from 20 states and raised more than $675,000 for March of Dimes.

38th Annual A.B.A.T.E. of Kansas Labor Day Rally - Perry Lake, Kansas

October 1, 2013
I arrived at the A.B.A.T.E. of Kansas rally area at Paradise Point, Perry Lake, about mid-afternoon on Friday, August 30. The weekend weather forecast calling for extreme heat proved to be accurate. Free bottled water and a mist tent provided welcome relief for bikers at the end of their ride and the beginning of their party. After getting registered, I joined several friends who had arrived earlier from southeastern Iowa. As usual, they had set up camp near the area always occupied by A.B.A.T.E. District 7 from the Dodge City area, my old stomping grounds. After hanging out in the…