Harley Tracks: Across Vietnam to The Wall
Progress reaches closer to pages and covers. Three years of writing, a winter in developmental edit, and a copy edit have brought my manuscript to the status of proofread. What began as a joy ride from Hanoi in January of 2009 has taken me on a journey I could not have imagined. A book designer did a fantastic job with my idea for a cover and will receive the manuscript in the first of April for layout. I toured Bang Printing in Brainerd, MN, who will manufacture the book, and was amazed by the needs of the book building business; over 12 acres of machines rolling, sliding, and binding paper. It was awesome to see that many machines and parts cranking like a V-twin engine.
My efforts now shift to the book’s presentation. I wait to hear about a 4th of July debut at a rally in the mid-west, followed with presentations at different sites at the Sturgis Rally’s 75th Anniversary; and then, other venues locally, in the Minnesota region and nationally.
But first things first; while the book is on its journey of a 5 to 6 week print run at Bang, I’ll ride to Auburn, CA to meet up with the National Veterans Awareness Organization for their 11th annual National Veterans Awareness Ride (NVAR), also known as the Run to The Wall in Washington D.C. A fantastic ride with a great bunch of people. For 10 days, a rigid schedule leads us to veterans homes and hospitals to visit and thank our men and women for their service and sacrifice. We also hold ceremonies at cemeteries and memorials for those who gave all. Along the route, riders join our group, and its a humbling experience to pass cheers from the thousands who stand beside city streets and country roads.
Please check back for updates and blogs on the NVAR.
Thank a Vet and Never Forget
Enjoy the Spirit of Freedom