Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Motor Boating for Margaret - Lee's Summit, Missouri

Written by  September 1, 2013

Some may wonder what Motor Boating has to do with a motorcycle poker run. Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat. The Urban Dictionary defines motorboat (an intransitive verb) as “the act of pushing one's face in between two ample breasts, and rocking one's head side to side very rapidly while making a vigorous, lip-vibrating 'brrr' sound.” Friends of Margaret Liggett came up with Motor Boating for Margaret as a rather catchy and humorous name for a Sunday, July 28, ride to raise funds to assist her with astronomical medical expenses she has incurred in her battle with breast cancer. Having endured surgery and chemotherapy with more of both to come, Margaret’s out-of-pocket costs at the time of the ride were already in excess of $6,000. She is a long-time motorcycle enthusiast and has a multitude of friends in the motorcycling community.

More than 100 bikes turned out for the event that began at The Bar in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, with registration from 11:00 until noon. Two groups headed out on the route with the first preceding the second by about twenty minutes. Covering about 60 miles, the course included stops at the Daily Double Lounge in Raytown, the Ranch House Bar in Blue Springs, and Russo’s Pizza in Lee’s Summit. The ride concluded where it began at The Bar. Margaret had a good day and felt strong enough to join her friends on the poker run. She rode with Jeff Gamble on his Harley.

Margaret is thankful for all of the support she has received. She mentioned that Rich and Dana, owners of The Bar, did more than providing a start/finish location. They also “did the route, set up the bar stops, and donated proceeds from food sales.” Margaret has many friends in the Riders Of America’s Roads (R.O.A.R.) group and sends special thanks to Belinda, Donnie, Jeff G, Michelle, Donna L., Donna H., Vicky, Regina, Jane, Marian, Barb and Joe Walsh for his great music. Thanks also go out to Jenny Johnson and to those who donated raffle items.

Denise Dickerson won the 50/50 raffle, Guy Gamble drew the high poker hand, and Dylan Bunch had the low. All of the winners were quick to donate their winnings back to Margaret. A total of $4,460 was raised to help pay the medical bills. She asked me to send out a big THANK YOU to all who were involved and said, “Of all your possessions, family and friends are the most precious!”

During the course of the day, I did not observe any “motorboating” going on. What I did see was a bunch of generous people having a great time while helping a friend get through an incredibly difficult and challenging time in her life. We at Cycle Connections wish Margaret the very best as her recovery continues.

Article & photos by Stripe & Skylar


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