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V2V "16" Leg#8 ~ 6.28.15 ~ Kansas City,KS - Russell,KS


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Thanks Troy and all the other Bob, Tom and Rick that have helped out. I need to get ahold of Rob and see where we are at with a leg Captain and get the reservations taken care of. Russell is where I am going to set up the hotel and meeting as that will shorten up the distance for the next leg Captain. I'm on vacation the following week and we will get the baton where it needs to be.

Again thanks again to all who gave me so much help and offered help should I need more.

 

Exactly what makes VMC such a great group of people.

 

 

 

 

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We are going to go to Russell Kansaa and shorten up the ride for the next leg. 246 miles will be fine and like Troy reported there are more options available. I want to get Robs Ok on everything and then will post it tomorrow on Memorial Day.

Thank you for your patience and look forward to having any riders join up anywhere along the route.

 

Wayne

 

 

 

 

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Well it looks like we are getting closer to finalizing this leg.I have been waiting for the hotel manager to get back Thursday so I can attempt to get better rate. For now the rate is 89.99 with some discounts available. The information on the hotel is listed below. 

PLEASE MAKE NOTE THAT WE HAVE CHANGED THE ENDING CITY FROM WILSON KANSAS  TO RUSSELL KANSAS.   

Fossil Creek Hotel and Suites 

1430 South Fossil, Russell, KS 67665 

AAA and AARP rate: $84.99 

Regular rate: $89.99 

1.785.483.4200

I will be finalizing the regular rate and should be posting them Thursday night.

 

We will depart the Pear Tree Hotel at 9am.  The information on the Pear Tree is listed below.

 

Pear Tree Hotel in Overland Park KS 

10951 Metcalf Avenue 

Overland Park Kansas 

913.451.0200

please let us know if you will be 

 

With a meeting setup for dinner and Baton exchange to be held at the Pear Tree BBQ.  For more information please refer to the thread for the St Louis to Kansas City leg #7

 

 

Any comments or questions feel free to contact me.  

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Hey Folks

 

Charlie here from the Palmer Divide Victory Riders Chapter. With some changes in my work schedule, looks like I can possibly make the Leg#9 from Russell-to-Castle Rock. My plan is to tentatively ride out to Russell on Sunday morning from Colorado Springs and arrive in Russell late afternoon or so. I won't be on your leg riding; only riding from Russell into Castle Rock the next day. I'll review room accommodations (Fossil Creek ?) and make a VOTE on the Russell-to-Castle Rock leg when I firm up the plans. I'll have dinner Sunday night in Russell with you.

 

 

 

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Leaving from Pear Tree Inn @ 0800. (head towards Gage Park)

 

Take US-50W/I-435W to K-10W. Take US-59N to US-40W (which is also W 6th St.). Take US-40W to K-4South then to I-70W/US-40W. Take this to the Veteran’s Memorial.      Relax Stop @ Topeka Gage Park Veterans Memorial (635 SW Gage Blvd., Topeka, KS 66606) at about 0930.

After Gage Park stop, get back on I-70W/US-40W towards Junction City, KS

Pick up Old U.S. 40 hwy at exit 295 (I-70W/US-40W) in Junction City, KS

 

Gas stop @ Abilene, KS – several to choose from

Lunch stop @ Abilene, KS – Ike’s Place Bar and Grill (85 miles; 1 hr 12 min from Gage Park)

100 NW 14th St., Abilene, KS 67410 (On Old U.S. 40)

 

V2V Hotel stay is @ Fossil Creek Hotel & Suites,1430 S Fossil St, Russell, KS  Dinner is @ Fossil Station Pizzeria & Pub (adjacent to the hotel).

 

A very HISTORICAL site is being added to the ride!  As far as I know, this site has not ever been visited on the V2V on the Veterans Leg.  This will not add more than 15 minutes to the ride.  The site honors all branches of the armed services and POW-MIA's.  Plus there is a memorial that is very hard to believe to be found in Topeka, KS.  I would guess 80% of the people living in Topeka are not even aware of this landmark.

For those of you close enough to meet us, I will post an easy spot for us to find you, and easy for you to find on the East side of Topeka.  We'll definitely take pictures to share with others.  I am sure future Veterans Leg Captains will include this site on future rides, it is that cool.

 

A special thanks to Troy and Tom who without their help I would still be wondering where in the heck is RUSSELL KANSAS.

 

 

 

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Yes Charlie it will be good to meet. One thing I am sure of......they have some good people that ride these bikes. So many have helped so much. Being up here in Iowa makes this task of being Captain in an area you don't know pretty rough. But I had alot of help and I truly appreciate it. I am planning on doing this for the long term as I have met good friends some of which I have yet to meet...I know that once I ride it and experience it things will go better the next time.

 

Wayne

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Of course most of you know that I am riding either a Victory Highball, Indian Roadmaster or a Indian Scout. Of course my wife's Spider is always an option.

 

McGrath Powersports or the combination of management, Sales and Service decided they would not see me again if I attempted this V2V on the HiBall. The Indians were out of the question as I would never ask nor ruin the integrity of the Victory bike escorting the baton. So McGrath has offered me the use of any of their Victory motorcycles. I went next door to the used sales building and found a really cool Red (is there another color) like new Crossroads. So they sent that beauty to service to make sure it runs like a top. Good Dealership all the way around.

 

Wayne

 

 

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I need some help getting t-shirts further west. If you have room, please see if you can transport and help sell shirts to the next leg. Shirts are 10 dollars and pins are free again this year. All proceeds will be donated to the IAVA charity. Please leave all collected funds in the Victory pack and I will have them sent to me from the last leg.

 

Thanks

Rob

 

 

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Rob, I can buy some to support the cause and take some to sell. Since I am taking a Friend with a cross country tour we should have some extra room. I will be getting to Kansas City Friday. Can we meet up somewhere between Cedar Rapids and Kansas City?

 

Wayne

 

 

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Rob,

Sorry for some reason I thought you were out of the Omaha area. You are sending shirts to the Overland Park area? Will they also be coming with the Kansas City group?

We will be in on Friday and can pick some up if needed as we are riding a Cross Country tour and Cross Roads. Troy mentioned he could carry some also.

 

Wayne

 

 

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