TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Governor Sam Brownback took off for the First Annual Governor's First Annual Flint Hills Freedom Ride Saturday morning.
At 10 a.m. it was kickstands up as Brownback led motorcyclists on a 70-mile ride through Dover, Eskridge and Alma along the K-4 and K-99 highways.
They shifted into gear from the Statehouse and rode the Native Stone Scenic Byway all the way to Wamego City Park.
At the park, Brownback and the bikers honored veterans, Fort Riley soldiers and their families for their dedication to freedom.
"Besides highlighting the beauty and uniqueness of the Flint Hills, the ride also benefited Fort Riley's Hearts Apart program and Brothers in Blue Re-Entry.
"It's really about drawing people to the Flint Hills. There's so many people that don't realize the specialness of our state overall, the uniqueness of the Flint Hills," event coordinator Linda Craghead said.
Riders responded enthusiastically, saying they loved the green scenery during this time of the year.
"We just love to ride," one said.
Hearts Apart is a non-profit that photographs soldiers and their families facing deployment.
Brothers In Blue Re-entry is described as "an in-prison program, designed to give inmates an inner change and equip them to function as givers instead of takers."