After her passing on April 1, Darlene’s husband knew the tradition had to continue so that others could benefit through his wife’s memory.
The fourth annual motorcycle ride to be held Saturday, July 13, will be the first held in memory of Darlene Bagley and Buddy again will be leading the way with upward of 100 riders in support of Cancer Navigators, a Rome-based nonprofit assisting patients and families through the process of cancer treatment.
“She passed away April 1, so this ride will be the first in memory of her,” Buddy Bagley said. “Every dime will go to Cancer Navigators.
“They navigated us through the whole process. Nurses came, they helped Darlene, they talked to her, they loved her, they answered any questions she might have. They were there every step of the way when she had cancer. Anything she needed, they were there. That’s one of the reasons I want to be there for them and let them help somebody else the way they helped my wife.”
Riders will leave from Adairsville’s Logtown venue on South Main Street at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, with registration beginning at 9 a.m.
The ride will take a scenic route Bagley and his wife enjoyed riding together. Leaving from downtown Adairsville, the ride will connect with Ga. Highway 140 East to Waleska where riders will head down Ga. Highway 108 to Ga. Highway 20 before riding west to Ga. Highway 411 in Cartersville where the ride will turn north before connecting again with Highway 140 and returning to Adairsville.
Before riders return to Logtown, however, they will make an additional stop at Eastview Cemetery to pay their respects.
“This year, we’ll have Adairsville and Calhoun police escort us to her grave, just to pay her a little respect,” Bagley said, adding that throughout the ride law enforcement, including Bartow County Sheriff’s deputies and the Georgia State Patrol, will provide an escort. “ It will be safe, that’s the object. We want to honor my wife and bring memory to her name, but we want everyone to have a good time and we want everyone to leave safe and come back safe.”
Once back at Logtown, riders will be joined by others helping to celebrate Darlene’s memory. Those not riding can arrive at Logtown at 11:30 a.m. as riders are expected to return before hotdogs and hamburgers are served at noon.
Door prizes will be given out for various items donated by local businesses and individuals and big-ticket items will be auctioned off, including firearms and homemade cakes.
“It’s a lot of fun even if you don’t ride,” said Janice Reed, a family friend and regular supporter of the motorcycle ride. “They auction off a lot of things; they have home-baked cakes to be auctioned and a lot of things donated from local businesses.
“It’s a lot more than just a motorcycle ride and it’s a good time.”
To ride, registration is $20 per bike or $30 with a T-shirt. Registration for passengers is $10, which includes food and drink. Everyone who registers will be entered for a chance to win a $50 gas card. T-shirts sold separately will be $15. Anyone wishing to ride is asked to pre-register with Bagley by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 770-313-8190.