2nd Kansas Freedom Ride

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Rally Ride for Sgt. Newell

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The Kansas Freedom Ride is an annual motorcycle event that takes place in Kansas and over 30 other states on Armed Forces Day as a tribute to our Veterans and active military. The 2011 Kansas Freedom Ride takes place on May 20-21, starting in Western Kansas and ending at the Thunder on the Smoky Rally at Marquette, KS.

This year we are riding to raise money for Retired Sgt. Ryan Newell of Marion, KS. Sgt. Newell is a turret gunner who lost both legs to an IED in Afghanistan in 2008.  This is the RALLY RIDE FOR SGT. NEWELL

All money raised goes directly to Sgt. Newell.

The Kansas Freedom Ride/Rally Ride for Sgt. Newell begins at 11:00 am with kickstands up at Garden City American Legion Post 9 then makes its way east through several towns where riders are invited to join at any point along the route.

Garden City American Legion Riders Chapter 9 are sponsoring the

Freedom Ride/Rally Ride for Sgt. Newell.


Garden City, Kansas:   American Legion Post 9                      ksu @ 11:00 am (ALR 9)


Jetmore, Kansas:        Veterans Memorial on Main Street     ksu @12 Noon


Larned, KS:                   Kwik Shop 902 Broadway                    ksu @ 1:30 pm (ALR 106)


Great Bend, KS:           The Eagles Parking Lot 10th & Main ksu @ 3:00 pm (ALR 180)

                              --ALR 180 will have water & snacks on hand for our riders--

Marquette, KS:              estimated arrival in downtown Marquette 5:00 pm

--------"check out the local spots in Marquette on Friday, May 20 including Hogs & Dawgs Bar (they have Facebook) & Grill and Rusty's Bar & Grill--------

The Thunder on the Smoky Rally begins at 7:00 am on May 21 (Armed Forces Day) with biker breakfasts, ALR Flag Parade, bike show, swap meet, vendors, entertainment, races and more.

Supporters who are unable to join the ride on Friday are asked to register at the Rally Ride for Sgt. Newell/Kansas Freedom Ride tent on May 21 at Marquette. If you are unable to attend but want to support the Rally Ride for Sgt. Newell please call 620-357-1124 and ask for Domino.

  • A minimum $20 donation is suggested and all riders will be registered and counted for the National Armed Forces Day Freedom Ride.
  • Participants will receive a Freedom Ride patch, event rocker, and raffle prize entry.
  • Rally Ride for Sgt. Newell pocket T-shirts and other merchandise will be available and there will be numerous raffles and drawings for door prizes.

  Motels are nearby at Lindsborg and McPherson.

  Camp sites are available at Kanopolis State Lake, 7 miles from Marquette. See lodging below.

Visit the official Kansas Freedom Ride web page:  http/www.kansasfreedomride.webs.com/

Visit Thunder on the Smoky Rally & the KS Motorcycle Museum:


National Freedom Ride Info:      http/www.nationalarmedforcesfreedomride.com/index.shtml

Maps:                                         http/maps.google.com/maps?q=120+N+Washington+Marquette+KS





Saturday, May 21

7:00-10:00 am Biker Breakfasts

8:30-5:00 pm Vendors Open For business

8:30-5:00 pm Kansas Motorcycle Museum open

10:00 am Presentation of Flags-Opening Ceremonies/ALR Ride In

In front of Kansas Motorcycle Museum

10:30-3:30 pm Dyno Shoot Out Contest-M&M Choppers, Galva, KS

Trophies awarded in 3 classes

10:30-2:30 pm Bike Show-City Park

$10 entry fee-spectator voting-1st & 2nd place trophies

11:00 am “Ride’n On Empty” Classic Rock & Roll Band

Performs throughout the day at Marquette City Park Gazebo Stage

11:30 am Trials Rider Exhibition-Ark Valley Trials Association

South Side of City Park

1:00 pm Biker Games-East side of City Park

2:00 pm Trials Rider Exhibition-Ark Valley Trials Association

3:00 pm Bike Show Awards-City Park

Marquette, Kansas



at Lindsborg

Coronado Motel & RV Park

305 Harrison


Lindsborg’s best lodging value. New rooms with two queen beds and mini fridges. King beds, smoking, pet, handicapped rooms also available. Weekly rates let you stay and play (or work) in Lindsborg longer. Free continental breakfast and seasonal pool. The RV Park offers electric, water, and sewer hookups. Nightly/weekly/monthly rates.

Seasons of the Fox - Website

505 N. Second

785-227-2549 or 800-756-3596

Located across the street from Bethany College is a beautifully restored home, originally built for an early director of Lindsborg’s Messiah Chorus. Each room has been thoughtfully decorated to represent one of the four seasons and has a queen-sized bed, private bath, sitting area and individual climate control. A Jacuzzi is available on the secluded upstairs deck. The Bed and Breakfast is handicapped accessible with ramps and an elevator. Michael J. Fox & Sue Schlegel - Owners/Innkeepers.

Swedish Country Inn - Website

112 W. Lincoln

785-227-2985 or 800-231-0266

Located in the heart of downtown Lindsborg, the Swedish Country Inn is a beautiful 19 room bed and breakfast. Each room has a private bath, cable TV, pine furniture from Sweden, and homemade quilts. Wireless internet access is available throughout the Inn. Our famous Swedish breakfast buffet is included in the cost of each room. A sauna is available for guests, and the Inn has an on-call massage therapist. The Swedish Country Inn is perfect for family reunions, small business meetings and retreats.

Viking Motel

446 Harrison

785-227-3336 or 800-326-8390

Bob and Sheila Ryan purchased the 24 room Viking Motel in 2006 and have made great changes. You will find an outdoor pool, computer work stations in the lobby and you may choose smoking or non-smoking rooms. A small refrigerator and microwave are available for your room. In the lobby you will find a monitor tuned to Swedish television.

C&W Ranch - Website

4000 S. Halstead Rd

Smolan, KS


A true working ranch headquarters featuring antique decor and home-raised/home-prepared food. Offers wonderful country facilities close to town for a wide scope of events and activities. Individual private, spacious living areas for groups with genuine Victorian and turn-of-the-century furniture.

Joel & Jeri Wimer, owners. Large indoor recreation area for dances and parties. Spacious outdoor areas. Hunting groups welcome. Group rates available.

RV's & Camping

Old Mill Campground - Website

120 Mill St

Lindsborg, KS


Campsites are generally on a first come first serve basis, for special holidays and events reservations are recommended. Please check in at the main museum building. There is water available outside the museum office. Nightly rates.

Coronado Motel & RV Park - Website

305 Harrison

Lindsborg, KS


Lindsborg’s best lodging value. New rooms with two queen beds and mini fridges. King beds, smoking, pet, handicapped rooms also available. Weekly rates let you stay and play (or work) in Lindsborg longer. Free continental breakfast and seasonal pool. The RV Park offers electric, water, and sewer hookups. Nightly/weekly/monthly rates.

Movies & More RV Park

236 Cole

Lindsborg, KS


Park Facilities Include: 30 & 50 AMP Hookups, water & sewer hookups, laundry and shower. Free amenities include, movie rentals for guests, local newspaper and cable TV. Open Year-Round. RV Rates: Daily: $20. Weekly $85. Monthly: $300. RESERVATIONS WELCOMED: Please leave a message if no one is available to take your call. Store Hours: Mon.-Sat. 2pm-10pm. Sun. 2pm-7pm. Self pay registration for RV guests arriving after store hours.

McPherson is about 21 miles from Marquette

Best Western Holiday Manor

2211 E Kansas

McPherson 620-241-5343

Days Inn 2300

E Kansas

McPherson 620- 241-3690


2111 E Kansas

McPherson 620-241-6960

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

2302 E Kansas

McPherson 620-241-5566

America's Best Value Inn

2210 E Kansas

McPherson 620-241-8881

Wheat State Motel

1137 W Kansas

McPherson 620-241-6981

Chambers Motel

906 W Kansas

McPherson 620-241-2635

Kanopolis State Lake has cabins & campsites, but you have to have reservations


(785- 546-2294 (about 12 miles from Marquette)


Salina is about 33 miles from Marquette.