The 2018 National Veterans Awareness Ride (NVAR)
Any ride for those who can’t is a good ride!
I followed my tracks from years past as far as Gillette WY, where a winter storm forced me south, and then west, away from the Big Horn Mts., Wind River Canyon, and the Grand Tetons, then into Pocatello from the south. In the middle of Idaho, I rode north, behind the storm, through Sun Valley and then south into Boise; a great trail with sweeping turns through forest and down the mountains. Although, it wasn’t without it’s 10 and 15 mph twisties, too! The sun shined strong from there to the coast, except for the Bay Area, where it was a little foggy at the Golden Gate.
After visits with friends and family, through OR where Don and JoEl took me out for four wheeling fun in the dunes above Coos Bay and a feast with steamed oysters, and then down to CA for rock’n’roll with an old buddy and beers with my nephew Billy, I met up with my NVAR Brothers and Sisters in Auburn for our annual mission; to visit veterans in hospitals and homes across America, to pay respect to those who made the ultimate sacrifice, none are forgotten. We visit schools, also, to share our mission objectives with the kids. The ride across America on I80 and a multiple of two lanes is an emotional roller-coaster; it brings out the greatest and deepest senses of camaraderie, patriotism, and compassion.
(I wrote the daily blogs for the ride, which you can find at www.nvao.us )
A winter storm in WY took a day from us for the 2nd year in a row, and Bill Luft, the NE State Coordinator, has scheduled a make-up visit in mid-July to the Grand Island (GI) Veteran’s Home. That will be a great visit before they move from their beloved and historic home in central GI, and move to a new home in Kearney. He’s also arranged a Poker Run on Saturday to help out with a Brother’s cancer treatment expenses. GI and St. Libory will rock that weekend!
The Mid-East Conflict Wall in Marseilles Il.
This memorial, unknown to many, holds the spirits of all who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice in the War on Terror. The memorial and museum sit below a dam on the Illinois River. Sadly, a growing list of names, 7,000 and counting, cut into fifteen walls set on the river’s bank. The eternal rage of the river’s current adds a peaceful sense of solitude to the realm. Like another Wall we ride to, there are strong connections to it.
Our ride continued through the heartland to our nation’s capital, where we joined hundreds of thousands more like-minded people. In Arlington National Cemetery, we had two wreath laying ceremonies; one at the Tomb of the Unknowns, and one for the son of one of our Brothers, who gave all in the War on Terror. The 911 memorial at the Pentagon was worth the walk while we waited to roll out for Rolling Thunder.
Please, browse through harleytracks, and then nvao.us
And don’t forget to buy a book.
Check back for more news from on Harley Tracks activities; the Patriot Ride June 30, the Traveling Wall in Princeton July 4, 5, 6, the Grand Island visit; then Sturgis, and more.
Thank you & Never Forget