Archive for Wednesday, May 13, 2009

About 150 motorcycles rolling for charity on Kansas Turnpike

May 13, 2009


A pack of charity motorcycle riders is camped out at the Topeka Service Area on the Kansas Turnpike, poised to merge back onto the turnpike and head east with help from the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Late this morning, the Kyle Petty Charity Ride entered the turnpike at the I-70 connection at the eastern edge of town, and was to continue east toward the turnpike’s Eastern Terminal.

With troopers helping ease their merging into and out of traffic, the riders had stopped at the service area over the noon hour. Troopers will help them blend back in with traffic, so that they can continue toward the Eastern Terminal.

Event organizers will pay the appropriate fares for each of the estimated 150 riders taking part, said Rachel Bell, a turnpike spokeswoman. Riders won’t be stopping at a toll booth, and instead will have their fares paid with a single check.

The payment would be $322.50 for 150 motorcycles. But that could increase or decrease, depending on the actual number of motorcycles participating and whether some were hauling trailers.

The turnpike has equipment to determine the number of axles per vehicle.

Organizers contacted the turnpike ahead of time to make appropriate arrangements, Bell said.

“This group comes by every year, and so does the Run for the Wall,” she said. “We might have a couple others. It’s not a regular occurrence, but it’s also not something that’s out of the ordinary.”

For more information about the ride, visit, or follow the ride on Twitter at


mae 9 years ago

man you would've learned some new words today at the topeka highway truck stop. those guys were ultra pissed!!! they parked all the bikes on the truck lane heading out. most common thoughts were "why the interstate and not a state highway" and "yeah, this is so and so, i'll be a couple hours late with your delivery".

saoirseglen 9 years ago

The state highways could not handle that many bikes as a group. It would be like having a forty car funeral procession go for about 25 to 30 miles and not having to obey traffic signals. At least on the turnpike there are lanes to get around the group. I doubt a string of four wheeled vehicles in a convoy would be any more welcome on a two lane highway.

As for parking them in the truck lane, well, with a group that large it is either take up all the car parking or truck parking. There is no good solution. To get the group off the road and back on the road as fast as possible I imagine that they used the space that would best allow it.

It was one of only a handful of groups doing a charity ride each year on the turnpike. I can cut them some slack.

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