2012 TOYS FOR TOTS RIDE...SPRINGFIELD

December 2 2012.... for you newbies it will start behind Friendly Ford at 2:00 pm (come early...doughnuts and coffee), go north on Glenstone to the Transport Graphics Inc parking lot where we will enter on both driveways to the bike parking area........Bring toys.... lots of toys because it is all about the kids.....there will be many door prizes, coffee and cookies donated by our great sponsors inside the transport graphics install shop....

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  • Craig C.

    If anyone knows the young man on the victory who got taken out by a car on Glenstone after the toy ride, please post on his status

    December 2, 2012

    • Tina Cheever (.

      Oh holy moly! Yes please post something! I hadn't heard anything about it

      December 2, 2012

  • Mike B.

    Official count on the run's Facebook page seems to be settling at about 1,808 bikes today!

    2 · December 2, 2012

  • Mike B.

    What a day! Like I said to Shades, no matter what you hear about the way people can be, today shows how many good folks there really are. It was a memorable experience. Thank you to all who came today, and thank you to the ones who came with me on that late afternoon ride. Wish we'd had longer, but I promise that sometime when we have a nice warm day, we will do a longer ride like that. Really had a blast though, and you all were great company!

    1 · December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    GREAT DAY FOR A GREATER CAUSE

    December 2, 2012

  • Ronnie Dunn J.

    what a great day for a great cause!!!!

    December 2, 2012

  • Tina Cheever (.

    Had a great time as always! I think there had to have been people still trying to get out of Friendly Ford when the first bikes were pulling into Transport Graphics. Anyone get an official count?

    December 2, 2012

  • piute

    Lots of great People N bikes,Less businesses on road route would be safer.

    December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a blast

    December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great turn out for toy run today. Thousands of people and no problems. Everyone respecting each other. Only bikers could pull that off. Glad to meet some new people. 417 Motorcyclists good bunch of people. My wife and I very happy to be part of it. Not sure about nickname that got hung on me(Fluffy) Migt shorten to Fluff. 40 years of riding no nickname. First time with 417 and I get tagged. Look forward to riding with you guys.

    2 · December 2, 2012

  • Tina Cheever (.

    Bet you're all at target...still waiting on some of my peeps

    December 2, 2012

  • Tina Cheever (.

    It's beautiful outside!!!

    December 2, 2012

  • Joe B.

    This will be our first time meeting and riding with the group. I think we'll plan on meeting the group going to target.

    December 2, 2012

  • Mike B.

    Is everyone ready? This is going to be a great day for all the kids that will be helped by our generousity. This is in the true spirit of Christmas; freely giving to kids whom we may never even meet, and knowing that this is appreciated by real people in our area, and we will join with hundreds more today in the same purpose. Today is a good day.

    So, as I mentioned a few posts down, if anyone misses the group at Target, and wants to find us at Friendly Ford, you may call or text me at (417)[masked] and we can find each other. Let's plan on group rides after the dropoff, and we can discuss some ideas when we all meet up. See you there!

    1 · December 2, 2012

  • Tina Cheever (.

    Doesn't look like I'll be able to get our whole little group gathered and ready in time to meet you all at Target. We'll have to try to find you at Ford

    December 1, 2012

  • Jeannine W.

    Those coming thru Republic - we will actually be meeting for Breakfast 10am at Jeannie's (next to Republic Ford) - catch up with us there instead of the license bureau - if you don't want to eat we will be heading to Springfield about 11:30ish to be at Target about noon....

    December 1, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Me and dad will meet you in Republic were from Springfield but just want to add a few miles to the ride. We wont be there for breakfast but will make it before 11:30.

      December 1, 2012

    • Jeannine W.

      Okay we will watch for you

      December 1, 2012

  • Mike B.

    8 am Saturday morning and we have 49 attending! Can we break 50 by later today? Current forecast is partly sunny, 70 degrees, and a wind of about 10 mph from the south - southwest. Come on... it is going to be an awesome day to be outside, a good cause where we can really make a difference, and there will be plenty of time for a fun ride afterwards! At this moment it looks like the plans are that some will meet in Republic at the License Bureau att 11:45 to be in SGF by 12:30, and the everyone to gather at the Target across from Lowes at Glenstone and Primrose. We can take a couple of back streets and go in as a group. We plan to gather at Target at 12:30 and head over to Friendly Ford at 1. As far as after the ride...that is up to what individuals want to do. There is a good raffle held at Transport graphics, or we can drop off the toys and go ride. We could all ride together, but we may prefer two or groups going different directions. Let's have a great and memorable day!

    December 1, 2012

    • piute

      10:45 ....52 ..N...

      December 1, 2012

  • Mark L.

    Im thinkin bout back roadin it down to Pizza Cellar.

    1 · December 1, 2012

    • Mike B.

      Yeah, and I've been thinking about a loop to the north on some of the twistiest back roads I know!

      December 1, 2012

  • Mike B.

    If anyone misses the group before we head over to Friendly Ford, call or text me at (417)[masked] and we will find each other.

    1 · December 1, 2012

  • Mike B.

    Oh...while I was typing that, we hit 51! Allright!!!!

    December 1, 2012

  • Patricia

    There will be a few hundred bikes, where will I find the group?

    December 1, 2012

  • Sheila Johnson G.

    have plans been made for a longer ride and destination?

    December 1, 2012

  • Ronnie Dunn J.

    im thinking after the toy drop....we should take a ride....this weather is rare.....lets take advantage of it!!!!

    1 · November 30, 2012

    • John D.

      Thats what the wife and I are thinking. Might head down to the Throttle Down for a couple cold ones.

      December 1, 2012

    • piute

      Did some one say "COLD One's"be ready for one after this quick parade, I've heard of the place (new to area)LET's RIDE..

      December 1, 2012

  • piute

    Does any one know the route ? Seen the end spot > north on Glenstone to Transport Graphics <So straight up GlenStone I take it,

    December 1, 2012

    • Mike B.

      Right! Everyone starts at Friendly Ford just south of Glenstone and Battlefield, and goes north on Glenstone to Transport Graphics. The police block all intersections...lots of people and their kids along the route waving at you...it's great!

      December 1, 2012

  • jack a.

    the group that is meeting in Republic before the ride to Springfield .......when & where??

    November 27, 2012

    • Jeannine W.

      Looking at about 11:45ish to be in Springfield by 12:30 - at the Republic License Bureau

      November 28, 2012

    • piute

      GREAT ! I live around the corner,

      December 1, 2012

  • Ronnie Dunn J.

    there is a group of us meeting at target at 12:30

    November 30, 2012

  • John D.

    Since we live in Nixa we may hook up with the folks in Republic and ride in. Where were you all planning to meet up again and what time?

    November 30, 2012

  • Jacob & M.

    I will have two more people coming with me and Madeline

    November 30, 2012

  • Ronnie Dunn J.

    cmon 50!!!!!!

    November 30, 2012

  • Mike B.

    43 attending and counting! This is fantastic! The weather still looks great...hope this year's toy run sets a new record!

    November 30, 2012

  • Tina Cheever (.

    We're meeting up with some friends at Old Chicago at 11 Sunday if anyone wants to meet us

    November 29, 2012

  • David M.

    No you don't wrap them there just suppost to be new and unopened

    November 28, 2012

  • piute

    There are 2 Donut shops 1 at 417 US Highway 60 (north sideof str.), Republic, MO 65738 Called Daylight Donuts Right next to car wash,Another on Southside of str.(easyer to head towards Sprngfld ,There a stone throw away from each otherThese both are near each other and should have bathrooms ,Are both on 60 and east of main(right turn off P Jack coming from Clever ).
    I wonted t check these out but sorry pretty busy after work.bigger parking lots like Wally world & Lowe's is quit a walk to the restrooms.
    Will be off work & home by 5pm & will post all info I get ,Best I can say for now O.K. I havn't found the right TOYS yet,so busy.(got 1)

    November 28, 2012

  • John D.

    The wife and I are planning on meeting you all at 12:30 Sunday at Target. Should be fun. Our first Toy Run.

    November 27, 2012

  • Jeannine W.

    Great plan Mike - see you at Target about 12:30.... Piute - we can meet you in Republic if you like...

    1 · November 25, 2012

    • piute

      Opp's Mid 60's .......LET'S RIDE..these 60 days are<

      November 26, 2012

  • Ronnie Dunn J.

    weather is saying 67 and mostly sunny right now......be a good day to have a group ride before or after?????

    November 26, 2012

    • piute

      I'm game for a ride after ,Branson? been there long ago ,But I could get lost on way back Best way to ride(finding new / Ole roads).Open for suggestions myself."Destination­s are just a stop for gas"

      November 26, 2012

  • weekendrider

    Mike it sounds like you have a good plan.
    A location that is easy to find.
    A location with a parking lot big enough to gather in a corner without fighting the store traffic.
    The right turns and coming from the "back" should be easier for the newer group riders like Reene.
    The only suggestion I would have is a definite time schedule.
    on the backside.
    You will get there at 12:45 (good time for meet and greet) but what time are you going to leave Target.
    Someone running short on time may want to forgo the Target meet up and catch up at the ride start if they had a hard timeline to guide them. Especially if they are coming in from the north on H and the signal light gods aren't smiling on them.
    Since you are going the backway(they won't see you on Glenstone) they would have to go all the way south to find you've already left two minutes ago.

    Just a thought.

    November 25, 2012

    • Mike B.

      I thought we might leave Target about 1 pm. It should only take about 5 minutes or so to get over there. We could maybe meet at Target starting at 12:30 to give a longer window of time if traffic lights are contrary. I remember the last two years the Friendly Ford parking lot was already filling up by not much after 1 pm, so we might have to park across the street with the 721 others who get there after 1. LOL!! Made that up, but there is a lot of spillover, and if it really does turn out to be a nice day, who knows how many could show up? I'm flexible on how we do this, thank you for the thoughts.

      November 25, 2012

  • Ronnie Dunn J.

    Click on this link to purchases a $20 Toys R Us Groupon for only $10. There is only 13 hours left on the deal. http://www.groupon.com//raf/UserReferral_rp/121015/10r1act/lk/uu19400433

    November 25, 2012

  • Mike B.

    Ok, I've got an idea. Since we have people coming from many different directions, anyone who wants to go in as a group can meet at the Target across from Lowes at Glenstone and Primrose. We can leave the parking lot turning right (west) on Primrose, right (north) on Delaware, right (east) on Erie, and we are there in about 5 minutes. I will be at Target by 12:45 near where you would turn in from Primrose, and we can head over about 1. The right turns will make it easier to stay together and this looks like an easy way in, rather than coming off Glenstone. At this time the forecast looks like it will be a really nice day, and it could be a record turnout if that holds.

    Will that plan work for everyone?

    2 · November 25, 2012

    • piute

      Great ,may need a gift Target wold wrk.... RIDE ON...

      November 25, 2012

  • piute

    As of today / now my thought is to leave here "REPublic just before 1pm and either go straight in on Sunshine if others wont to meet up along the way OR the way I go to that side of Springfield is by taking 60 to M to Republic Rd. and will go all the way to Glenstone.Just my thought coming in from south west side.

    November 24, 2012

  • Sheila Johnson G.

    sorry, i had wrong date...I Bad! maybe next ride or whatever meetup?

    1 · November 23, 2012

  • Tina Cheever (.

    We usually try to get there early, by 1:00 or so. Anyone else planning on getting there early?

    1 · November 23, 2012

  • piute

    Being mew to the group myself ,I usaully ride in back cause pull a trailer most the time with my dog,But we havn't got one yet for this bike.Good place to be to see how others ride.

    November 22, 2012

  • piute

    Any ladys need /wont to help keep my back warm on this ride ? "O" no rear peg but do have baggs L.O.L. ......LETS RIDE...

    1 · November 22, 2012

    • Sheila Johnson G.

      just saw your post...maybe we can talk?

      November 22, 2012

    • piute

      "O" works like F.B. Sure Sheila G. will do or try ...l.o.l.

      November 22, 2012

  • Mike B.

    Hey Reene...nothing to be nervous about! The police block off all intersections, and the ride will go at a slow pace. You may not get out of third gear! If we can maybe all meet somewhere and ride in as a group, when everyone pulls out, we can make sure to put you in between some of us and give you more room. You will have a blast!

    November 22, 2012

    • Reene B.

      That would be great. I haven't met anyone yet so how do we all meet up and go together?

      November 22, 2012

  • Sheila Johnson G.

    I still would love to ride second seat and share in the comradery with anyone who is willing. Will trade good, fun conversation for a smooth ride in return.

    November 22, 2012

  • piute

    I'm in Republic,on Main Str.any place between here and starting line is cool .

    November 22, 2012

  • Mike B.

    Anybody want to meet beforehand and go in as a group? Any suggestions on a location?

    3 · November 22, 2012

  • Mike B.

    Where did you find the info about the ride? I'm not having any luck finding mention of it on the 'net and had been looking forward to it.

    November 16, 2012

    • Ronnie Dunn J.

      i came across it on a site called 417moto.com

      November 16, 2012

    • piute

      same here

      November 22, 2012

  • Mike B.

    Ok, I did some more checking, and finally found a Facebook page for it.
    https://www.facebook.com/tgiwalker

    The text in your notice was originally from this Facebook page.

    Maybe there will be more publicity this next week. Hope so, there is usually a huge turnout, and it isn't even on the home page for Toys For Tots yet.

    http://www.springfield-mo.toysfortots.org/

    I'm glad you came across this. Thank you.

    November 16, 2012

    • Ronnie Dunn J.

      no problem mike...i looked for what seemed like weeks trying to find info on this run...glad it helped...

      November 16, 2012

    • piute

      Found you guys/gal's trying to find toy runs ,see ya there ,seems most all post are old no update's

      November 22, 2012

  • John D.

    Do you bring a toy wrapped or unwrapped?

    November 20, 2012

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