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ABATE to provide Black Hills maps: Maps help provide a safe fun experience in and around Sturgis

Posted: Monday, Jul 29th, 2013

Delivering a South Dakota ABATE map stand to Carlson’s Northside Service last week were, from left, Schaun Schnathorst, president of the local Windriders ABATE chapter; Ron Hines, chapter vice president; and Gary Heath, road captain. PHOTO BY ROGER LARSEN/PLAINSMAN

HURON — Bikers headed west to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in the coming days can pick up road maps to hopefully make their South Dakota vacation safer.

“South Dakota ABATE prints out literature for motorcycle riders and one of them that they provide for free is maps, mainly for the Black Hills area,” said Schaun Schnathorst, president of Windriders ABATE in Huron.

The maps show not only great riding roads the bikers can experience, but also their levels of riding difficulty.

Windriders ABATE transformed an old newspaper stand into a map stand and placed it at Carlson’s Northside Service, a popular fueling and relaxation stop for Sturgis-bound motorcycle riders.

Also in the stand South Dakota riders can find forms to fill out should they want to join their local ABATE chapter. There are 17 chapters in the state.

Windriders ABATE members have been active on two other fronts – both of them benefits for people in need.

Earlier this month, 28 entries participated in the Windriders ABATE Wounded Warriors Poker Run.

They rode 140 miles in perfect Saturday weather to raise $210 for the Wounded Warriors project.

The winners of the poker run donated a large portion of their share back to the cause, Schnathorst said.

Next month, Windriders ABATE will go back to its original toy run, the 20th annual, with the toys going to the Salvation Army Angel Tree this Christmas.

The toy run is Aug. 24.

Over the years, the event became a Coats for Kids benefit. But when it became too big for the chapter to handle, another group decided to split off and take it over, along with the Huron Elks and Huron Young Professionals. That ride was held a couple weeks ago.

Those who ride in the upcoming toy run are asked to bring a toy. If they do, they will receive another poker hand.

For the complete article see the 07-28-2013 issue.

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