Some of the guys wanted to eat breakfast prior to going out to the Miracle League Field of Dreams, so for those of us that went to breakfast, our day started at 6:30 a.m. Here is Adam inside the Pioneer of Texas Diner. For info/directions to the Pioneer of Texas Diner, see this link: http://www.yellowpages.com/info-21680327/Pioneer-Texas-Diner/maps?from=qpibp-nonmi
This is Mark. He would lead out the second group of riders on today's ride..
This is Larry a.k.a. Scooter Boy. He took photo's of the entire event and his photo's will be featured on a post here in the next day or two.. I call him Scooter Boy because he told me he wanted to ride but he had a scooter.. I was thinking Vespa.. He shows up on a Harley Davidson Screamin' Eagle Road Glide that he calls Scooter. Hence my nick for him: Scooter Boy
This is Bud. He is in his truck due to he is still recovering from his motorcycle accident on 8-31-09 at I-35 & US 82 in Gainesville Texas on our way back from a PGR mission in Purcell Oklahoma. See this post: http://jjskewlstuff3.blogspot.com/2009/08/pgr-mission-purcell-oklahoma-8-30-09.html
Steve took this pic of the group at the Diner: Mark, Bud, Adam, me & Larry
The bikes in the parking lot of the Pioneer of Texas Diner
Steve on his Venture (big bike) and Adam on the Yamaha (small bike) as we get ready to head out to registration
Larry on his Harley and Mark on his Harley
Mark on his Harley and Bud in his truck
We left the Diner and drove out to the Miracle League's Field of Dreams. Here are left to right: me, Larry, Bud & Dennis
The Miracle League volunteers arrive. here are: me, Lisa, Larry & Bud. Lisa was also looking forward to a ride that Doug was going to give her on his Harley when the Fun Run concluded.
Here are: me, Emma (Lisa's daughter) Lisa & Bud. Emma was also volunteering and was kept busy unloading items for the registration point.
Larry under the Miracle League Field of Dreams sign that is at the entrance to the ball field
The registration table. The folks from the Miracle League were working the registration point and all the stops. I heard that they did an outstanding job. I know they did here at registration and at the final stop, Texas Roadhouse.
The ride t-shirt table as the t-shirt's are set out according to size
The registration snack table with chips, hot sauce & breakfast burritos courtesy of the Jalapeno Tree Restaurant.
The drink table. The guys are looking at a helicopter that was flying by
The t-shirts, sorted out and stacked on the table, are left in the capable hands of these two young volunteers
Some more of the riders arrive
The bike Adam was riding today, actually belongs to his Dad, Kelly, who we have been after for months to come ride with us.
Left to right: Kyle, Amy, Linda & Russ. Kyle is the Vice President of the Blue Knights TX XX and one of the major planners of today's ride. Russ is one of the Road Captains/Director of the Blue Knights TX XX. Russ was leading the first group today and would give the ride safety briefing and info.
Russ's new 2010 Harley Davidson Ultra Classic Limited Edition. When the ride started, the other bikes would line up behind Russ and then head out from underneath the canopies.
Some of the riders waiting for registration to begin at 8:45 a.m.
The registration point at the Miracle League Field of Dreams..
Larry taking a picture of Lee (with flag) and Daniel. Daniel is one of the kiddo's that plays at the Field of Dreams and he was going to raise Old Glory this morning.
Daniel did a great job and he proudly raised the flag..
Lisa, way over in left field, hangs banners while practice is going on at the ball field.
The Miracle League volunteers at the registration table: Left to right: Amy, Tanya, Jenny & Lauren. Thank you ladies, you did a great job today...
This is Daniel & his parents; Mike, Daniel & Laurey. Daniel was also at the final stops and drew the tickets for the door prizes & 50/50. Thank you Daniel for helping us out today. You really came through for us...
Daniel & the Blue Knights TX XX. Left to right: me, Kyle, Steve, Dennis, Van, Russ, Daniel, Bobby, Mike, Bill, Larry & Mark
Miracle League volunteers at the T-shirt table: Left to right: Tanya, Lee (co-Chair Miracle League), Laura & Keri
Paula (President of the Wichita Falls Junior League) and Keri
Riders visit as registration continues. First bike out would be at 9:30 a.m.
Linda (Russ's wife) & Amy (Kyle's wife) waiting for the ride to start
This is Vernon. He was heading back to his Harley when I stopped him for this picture. He is a great guy and I look forward to riding with him on some future rides.
Richard & Valerie, Linda & Deborah. I didn't see Richard & Valerie at the final stop and Deborah said that Valerie got sick during ride and had to go home. Hope ya get to feeling better Valerie and thanks to both of you for coming out today and supporting the Miracle League.
Bud, Bill & Leland at the Field of Dreams
This is Charles, Deserae & Ricky. Charles is the President of the local C.M.A. Chapter 454, "Glory Bound" here in the Wichita Falls area. For more on this great Association, see the following link: http://cmascr4.org/TXW/GLORYBOUND
Mark, Deborah, Richard, Valerie & Kevin at the Miracle League Field of Dreams.
Left to right: Dennis, me, Mike, Lee, Van, Allison (Co-Chair Miracle League), Doug, Bill, Bud & Adam. Miracle League Field of Dreams, Wichita Falls Texas
The first group of riders line up behind Russ & Linda and prepare to head out. The ride was 93.6 miles
As the group departs, this is Steve making his turn out of the parking lot.
Another group starts out from the parking lot
me & Larry at the Miracle League Wall of fame
KAUZ NEWS Channel 6 arrived and I took a picture of them filming us..
me & Wesley. Wesley is the cameraman-photo-journalist from KAUZ NEWS. I was also interviewed by him for the 6 & 10 p.m. news.....
This is Kathy & her husband, Jack. Kathy is the secretary for the C.M.A. "Glory Bound' Chapter, and Jack is the Chapter's Road Captain.
Christina, a Blue Knights TX XX member, arrives & registers...
The last group of riders departed the Field of Dreams at 10:35 a.m. and the registration point was shut down. We then moved to the final stop, the Texas Roadhouse. See this link for more on the Texas Roadhouse here in Wichita Falls: http://www.texasroadhouse.com/store-sites/restaurant-detail/tx-wichita-falls/
The Texas Roadhouse sign
Rosie & Bud in the parking lot of the Texas Roadhouse
Keith, who was going to ride in the Fun Run, drove down from Tulsa Oklahoma. Due to heavy rains between Oklahoma City & Lawton Oklahoma, he did not get to Wichita Falls until about 11:30 a.m. He was soggy but in good spirits..
These folks are members of the Eagle Riders (Texoma Chapter 4128). They are, left to right: Monica (Chapter Secretary), James (President), Nancy & Joe. For more on the Eagle Riders, see this link: http://www.foe.com/events/eagle-riders-news.aspx
Allison, Co-Chair for the Miracle League, arrives and takes a well deserved break while waiting for the riders to arrive.
The door prizes on the tables as we wait for the riders to arrive at Texas Roadhouse, the final stop on today's Miracle League Fun Run. Rosie and her grandchild & Bud by the car and Allison at the other end of the tables.
This is Allison & her husband, Casey and their two kiddo's, Faith & Luke
Some of the riders start returning. This is Jack & his bike
This is James & his bike
This is Tracy (gray shirt) & Chastity (pink shirt) and their Harley's. I got to talking to Tracy and she was in the O.R. during my operation. She works for Dr. May and is an O.R. Nurse.
The riders gather as the time nears for the door prizes and 50/50 drawings.
More of the rider's bikes at the Texas Roadhouse..
Following the drawings, Lisa gets on Doug's Harley for her ride. You can tell she is ready for this by the big smile on her face. Last time I saw Doug & Lisa, they were East bound on US 82 and you could almost hear her "WOOHOOO" above the sound of Doug's pipes...
Keith & Russ at Russ's house. Russ had pulled the '"big flag" setup off his other Harley when he traded it in on his new bike and Keith was interested in seeing the flags & mounting hardware
We left Russ's house and Keith & I went to the Pioneer Restaurant on Maplewood for a bite to eat. The final picture from today's ride is of Keith fixin' to leave the restaurant and begin his 4 hour ride back up to Tulsa Oklahoma. This was at about 4:30 p.m. I talked to Keith at about 9:45 p.m. and he arrved safely. He was delayed getting home by all the traffic in Oklahoma City when the two College football games let out.
I want to thank all the riders that came out for this ride and gave their support. Without you, this would not have been the success that it was. I want to thank the volunteers from the Miracle League for helping out today because without you, the ride would not have gone as smooth as it did. I want to thank Miracle League Co-chairs Allison & Lee and Jenny for the outstanding help given to us when putting this event together. Thanks also to the Blue Knights TX XX members who came out today and supported this ride and especially to the members who helped plan this event: Kyle, Doug, Bud, Mike & Jim. Also, a BIG thank you to Mike and Laurey for letting us meet their son, Daniel, and for letting him assist Lee with the flag raising and helping us with the drawings.. I look forward to next year when we have the 2nd Annual Miracle League Fun Run.
Scroll down for more rides, events & posts and don't forget to click on the "older posts" link at the bottom of EACH page for more rides and posts. Check out North Texas Bikers (1) at http://www.jjskewlstuff.blogspot.com/ for rides, events & posts from January 08-November 08. and North Texas Bikers II at: http://www.jjskewlstuffii.blogspot.com/ for rides, events & posts from Nov. 08-July 09. Until next post, ya'll be careful out there, ride safe, keep the rubber on the road & pray for our Troops & Pattie & Manuel................JOHN