By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
From May 29 to 31, motorcyclists from across the state will converge on three Kansas communities, including Liberal, as part of the state’s Harley Owners Group annual rally.
This year’s event will be new and different, and organizers are promising fun. Rather than concentrating efforts on one community, this year’s rally is seeing a return to the “rolling rally.”
“Yep, you are actually going to ride this time,” noted information on the event’s Web site, www.ksstatehogrally.com. “The rally will start in Salina, then travel to Dodge City and close in Liberal.”
So how does the rally work?
“Just like any trip you have taken in the past,” the Web site said. “Choose from the list of hotels for each location, make your reservations for each night, then plan to have a great time.”
Rally participants will be offered guided rides to specific attractions, or they can make their own way from town to town exploring the great history Kansas has to offer.
“Come experience The Kansas Journey with us as we travel from Salina to Dodge City to Liberal,” the Web site said. “We will be traveling through many of the areas the settlers did back in the day. They did it on horse back or horse and wagons. We will be doing it on our steel horses.”
Some of the history bikers can see along the way include cattle drive and explorer trails, the Dalton Gang Hideout in Meade and towns that hosted shows and movies like “Gunsmoke,” “Wyatt Earp” and “The Wizard of Oz.”
“So come join us as we take you back in history and allow you to make history of your own at the Kansas Journey Ride,” the Web site said.
Pre-registration is now closed, but registration coordinator Mark Marcellus said riders can still register onsite in Salina, Dodge City and Liberal the day of the rally. All bikers must be members of the national HOG group to attend.
The Web site said, however, there will be no refunds and no packets mailed, and no packets will be available after the close of registration at noon on May 31.
“If you are unable to attend the rally, you may have a friend pick up your packet,” the site said. “Please contact Mark Marcellus prior to the rally for instructions. No exceptions will be made.”
All riders must be present to receive a wristband. For more information, e-mail Marcellus at
or call 620-626-9377.