June 7, 2003

The day dawned cool and somewhat rainy, but I headed for Medicine Lodge to the Junefest Car, Trike, and Bike Show where I parked in the middle of Main Street after arriving.  Some of the guys from the Panhandle Chapter of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club were there from Alva, OK, and I got to talk with some friends from that group for a while, along with a number of people from Brothers of the Third Wheel, some of whom were found here in front of registration. In addition,  a lot of motorcycles and a number of four-wheel vehicles showed up.

After ballots were counted later in the day, those who took first place in the motorcycle, trike, car, and pickup classes got their plaques from Blackfoot Willie, standing here on the right without his hat.  He got special recognition for his "Trikezilla," in that it was voted as the entry most people in attendance did not want to see return to the show next year, as I understand it.  I don't see anything wrong with it.

I cut the time short down there so I could head back to Great Bend and hook up with a group riding today in memory of George Dittrick who died several years ago of cancer.  George was one unique individual, and the father of our CMA chapter secretary, Yvonne.  We met in the city park, following which we rode to the cemetery where Chuck did a brief devotional and prayer, and then we headed for a restaurant in the old high school in Smolan, KS.  Food is served in the old gymnasium, shown here with our new CMA Area Reps, Delbert and Susie, and the place is always packed when I've been there.  After the meal, some of us stood around and talked for a while before we headed back to Great Bend.

June 8, 2003

For some time our CMA chapter has had a visit scheduled at the First Methodist Church in Larned where we went today for two services.  We had a good turnout for the services, and I talked to the congregations about the purpose of CMA, following which Mike and Rhea sang at different times, and Beth and LeeRoy did personal testimonies.  I got to see some people I've known for some time, but also hadn't seen for some time, and we all felt very welcome at the services.  Since we were hungry, we had to make a stop at the Pizza Hut, where we ate and then went on our separate ways.

June 27-29, 2003

This was the weekend for the Four Corners Trike-In in Coffeyville, KS.  I took off on Friday afternoon and rode down to Coffeyville, making one of my stops in Independence, where I met several people at a gas station, and then ate with them at a McDonalds before finishing the trip to Coffeyville.

It was the first such Trike-In there, and Maggie, shown here at registration, did a very good job of organizing it.  If I'm not mistaken, trikers were there from 7 different states.  During the weekend, I wandered around and did several photos, among which is this one of Joe, President of the CMA chapter in Independence, KS, who showed up for the entire rally and set up their canopy where coffee, water, and other services were provided.  Several people from his chapter made it for a good part of the rally, too, and all their help was really appreciated.

On Saturday afternoon, there was a poker run, and this was done during one of the stops on that route.  Some really nice, and interesting, trikes were found at the rally.  On Sunday morning, I did the church service in this facility on the fairgrounds, and it worked well for such a use.  At the end of the service, I asked all the veterans in the group to join me.  I thanked them for their service to our country, and prayed for them.  After the service, I got to meet some more people from Oklahoma who had not been able to make the rally, but rode up on Sunday morning, and then I hit the road.

June 29, 2003

While eating with some new friends in Independence on Friday evening, I was told about a car show there on Sunday afternoon.  I stopped at the car show just before registration closed, and decided to go ahead and enter the show.  I had a really good time talking with Wayne and his wife that afternoon, and I got to meet a lot of people. Some others I didn't get to meet have been exchanging e-mail with me after seeing the BugWing URL on the trike!!