Rides, Rallies and Events Recap
Stripe

Stripe

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 

I was pleased when my Cycle Connections colleague Doc Lonnie informed me that he and Donna planned to attend the 2012 Oklahoma Bike Week at Sparks America Campground. With my camping gear riding in their toy hauler/camping trailer, my Wide Glide would have a lighter load for our June 21 ride to the rally, and the magazine would have the benefit of two photojournalists providing double-coverage. Our plan was to rendezvous at Peculiar, Missouri, on Highway 71 to begin the trek. Due to my faulty memory of Missouri geography, I turned left at the intersection of 291 and 71 at Harrisonville and headed south.

Bikers gather every year at Sparks America Campground near the tiny town of Sparks, Oklahoma, for a huge Halloween Biker Bash. The 2012 party was the second big motorcycle rally hosted by Robert Butler who acquired the facility prior to Oklahoma Bike Week in June. Robert continues to look for ways to make sure everyone who comes to Sparks America has a great time.

The Memorial Day holiday weekend is always a good time for me to head for Iowa. On May 24, Kansas City weather was warm with the wind absolutely howling out of the south. This is not a bad thing when northbound, and at my gas stop in Osceola, I found that my gas mileage was well in excess of 50 miles per gallon.

Ryan Consolver would have turned 34 on June 9, 2012. Tragically, his life was cut short on August 11, 2002, as the result of a motorcycle accident in North Kansas City. His extended family found healing from their loss in the institution of an annual motorcycle ride called Ride for Ryan . To honor Ryan’s memory, the ride takes place on or close to his birthday each year. Proceeds from the ride go to provide scholarships for students pursuing their education in construction-related fields.

Nearly 150 bikes participated in this year's Tougher Than Hell Poker Run fundraiser for the Recovery Lighthouse women's shelter. Single women and their children are the fastest growing group among this country’s homeless population. Many are victims of abuse, and many have dependencies on drugs and/or alcohol. The objective of the Recovery Lighthouse is to assist distressed women in their recovery process. Services provided include assessment, development of a recovery plan, connections with helpful resources, mentoring, peer support, counseling, and family counseling. Locations are in Warrensburg (660-429-2222), Odessa (816-230-7720), and Sedalia (660-827-4357). Funds raised by the 2nd Annual Tougher Than Hell Poker Run for the Recovery Lighthouse amounted to more than $5,000.

More than 300 motorcyclists arrived at City Union Mission in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday, May 6, to participate in the 23rd Annual Bikers With a Mission Run for the Homeless. On-site registration was open from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and was staffed by the Kingdom Riders, Cycle Disciples , and City Union Mission. Riders came in spite of a forecast that called for heavy rain. Sure enough, rain moved in during the morning hours in the form of strong thunderstorms. Those who chose to go ahead and ride the 80-mile route had to deal with some very treacherous conditions. Many who came to the Mission elected to remain there until the storms passed. They enjoyed food, beverages, and musical entertainment provided by the Good News Garage Band. 

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