Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

The Other Place and Gail's Harley-Davidson: A Night To Remember

Written by  September 17, 2003

The evening of Thursday, September 11, wasn’t your typical bike night at The Other Place in Olathe. Owner, Troy Stedman and Gail Worth-Wilson, owner of Gail’s Harley-Davidson had teamed up for a special 9-11 Remembrance Ride and Bike Night.

Roger “Fatboy” Fleener, Director of the American Heartland KC Chapter Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) helped promote the ride by sending out flyers and e-mails to Gail’s customers and to fellow H.O.G. members. Roger also contacted the Belton, Overland Park and Olathe police departments to arrange a police escort for the ride.

The ride originated at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Belton. After the rain had stopped, it was still warm, but a threatening overcast sky remained. No one gave a second thought to canceling the ride, and we were ready to roll. The Belton police gave us a quick, but thorough safety briefing, and then led over 80 rumbling bikes down the road, heading for The Other Place. The police escort did an excellent job clearing every intersection and allowing us to ride straight through to our destination. Thanks for a job well done!

Along the way, we picked up numerous other riders; whether they knew where we were headed wasn’t exactly clear, but I've never met a rider who could pass up a police escorted ride. Many people pulled off to the side of the road to watch the procession of bikes. Some even got out of their cars, while others stuck their arms out the window to wave at us as we passed by; as they seemed to know the reason for our ride.

Brian White, General Manager of The Other Place, had reserved special parking for the bikes, an outside refreshment tent, and provided great food and drink specials. Brian’s staff welcomed us with open arms, as more than 140 bikes rolled in with a roar. Of course, yours truly, had to twist the throttle just a bit before coming to a final stop. The Other Place serves some of the best food around, with a great diverse menu. We kept the waitresses, bartenders and cooks busy, and somehow they were able to serve us quickly, while keeping a great attitude and smile; not always seen when 150-200 hungry and thirsty bikers descend upon an establishment.

I could go on and on, but instead I’ll let a few photos we took that evening do the rest of the talking. Before I close, I would like to give a special thanks to both Gail and Troy for putting this special evening together. We must never forget those that lost their lives the day America was attacked, nor should we ever lose the lesson as time passes - be ever vigilant.

At the end of the evening as I was leaving, I saw Gail and Troy in deep discussion. Hmmm, maybe planning next year’s 9-11 Remembrance Ride and Bike Night?


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