Two Wichita groups stop in Augusta over weekend
Downtown Augusta was the destination of those on two wheels on Saturday. Heartspring’s PedalFest 2014 had a stop set up across the street from the Augusta City Hall for bicyclists, and the American Legion Post 401 out of Wichita used No Mercy BBQ as a stop for its Black Top Nationals motorcycle poker run.
The 11th annual PedalFest bike ride included 25K, 50K and 100K routes with more than 760 riders. Downtown Augusta was the fourth stop on the 100K route, which is about 64 miles. One of the riders who stopped here, Josie Carlisle, enjoyed the shade and a cold drink for a few minutes in the triple degree heat. She said while it was a hot ride, it was worth it.
“It’s a passion and it is for a great cause,” said Carlisle. “The money we raise is for kids and it stays local.”
PedalFest raised $62,000 this year. It provides therapies to local families and children impacted by special needs through the Heartspring Pediatric Services Financial Assistance. Carlisle, and the rest of the riders, road out of Augusta by way of Thunder Road, headed to Greenwich Road. They were met by dozens of motorcycles coming into town, by the same route.
Dale Roat was the first Harley to pull up in front of No Mercy BBQ, which was one of 10 stops for the poker run. The business opened early to cater to the riders, offering a cool place to rest and have a cold drink.
“At each stop I get a card,” said Roat. “It adds up to two hands of poker, whoever has the best hand at the end of the ride wins the prize.”
Roat, and those who followed him, all paid to ride in the annual event. The money they gave went to veteran’s services offered by the American Legion.