A new law banning texting while driving took effect in Ohio Aug. 31 to improve safety on Ohio’s roadways. Somehow, a “Headless Motorcyclist Poker Run” might seem like an even more extreme safety violation.
But no worries. All riders in the popular event at the Annual Grub `N Suds – set for Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Elmore’s Depot Park – will be sure to keep their heads and wits about them.
The name of the poker run is a nod, so to speak, to the legend of a World War I veteran who returned to his girlfriend's farmhouse only to discover his beloved was engaged. In a fit of rage, the soldier sped down the farm driveway and onto the road, where he lost control on a bend near a bridge and flew off -- decapitating himself.
A wide range of bikes will be on display at the
Legend has it that on the anniversary date of his death March 21, people waiting along the road near the bridge must turn off their cars, flash headlights three times and blow horn three times. A flash of light like the motorcycle appears and will pass you and disappear if you stand to the side of the road, or rough you up if you stand in the middle of the road. The story is among those featured in the "Haunted Ohio" series of books by Chris Woodyard.
The bridge involved is believed to be a grated metal bridge over Muddy Creek, a tributary or branch of the Portage River, along Slemmer Portage Road. Some say the road is Fought Road.
The 2012 Grub `N Suds – the 16th annual event – will kick off with a Bike Show sponsored by American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (A.B.A.T.E.), with public judging from 10 a.m. to noon. Motorcyclists can register until 11 a.m. to compete in one of six categories: historical, custom, cruisers, sport, rat and touring motorcycles. Proceeds from the $5 registration fee benefit A.B.A.T.E., a nonprofit but not tax deductible organization.
A.B.A.T.E. is also sponsoring the “Headless Motorcyclist Poker Run,” with registration opening at 10 a.m. for $10 for each motorcycle. All bikers must return by 2 p.m. The first 200 to sign in get a free Grub 'N Suds mug.
Coffee and donuts will be available for sale in the Gray Barn Historical Museum before the poker run.
Food and drinks will be available a la carte beginning at 11 a.m. At noon and continuing until 3 p.m., SoulofuS will be performing classic rock and roll.
From 3 to 5 p.m., ABATE is sponsoring Bike Games. This fundraiser comes with an entry fee of $2 for each of the five games: Bite the Dog, Potato in the Straw, Slow Rider, Egg Drop and Keg Roll.
After the games, those attending can enjoy more classic rock and roll from The Big Wigs from 5 to 8 p.m.
Tammy Tolliver-Harder, the winner of the Fremont's Got Talent competition, will make a special appearance.
Grub `N Suds is sponsored by the Elmore Historical Society, in cooperation with A.B.A.T.E.