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PovertyByJeep
May 18th, 2009, 04:51 PM
I just returned from 2 days with the Run for the Wall. My Dad and I rode the scenic route through Pagosa, to Durango, then to Gallup,NM. We met up with the Run in Gallup, and rode through New Mexico and Colorado with the Run, ending in Burlington,CO.

My Pops has done a portion of the Run each year, this was my first trip.

I highly recommend it to anyone who supports the cause. Even in just the two days I was a part of the Run, I came to terms with issues I didn't even know I was facing. Something about all that time on a motorcycle, with all the healing that was going on really gets things moving.

A few things I learned on the 1,400 mile trek-

1. The state of New Mexico is incredibly patriotic and supportive of our troops. I am talking light years beyond Colorado. New Mexico provided border to border police escort, the only state along the route to do so.

2. When veterans are on a mission, it doesn't matter what brand of bike you ride; as long as you are there to support the cause.


Welcome home, Brothers. You truly are my heroes.

Mudbug63
May 19th, 2009, 05:34 PM
Congrats...I have made "All the Way" as they say twice and several partial years.

The 2 "All the Way" years were as a Road Guard....Some the hardest and most rewarding riding I have ever done.

:usa:

PovertyByJeep
May 20th, 2009, 09:17 AM
Congrats...I have made "All the Way" as they say twice and several partial years.

The 2 "All the Way" years were as a Road Guard....Some the hardest and most rewarding riding I have ever done.

:usa:

Road Guards are beyond incredible. Every stop, I made sure to thank any road guard I happened across for their hard work. Those guys are awesome! We had one guard go down south of Limon. I don't think too serious- he over-shot the road he was blocking and wound up upside down in the ditch.

I would love to make the entire trek someday. Maybe when the kiddos are older, and I have more vacation time.

Now that I have been there- I understand what my Dad was trying to tell me about the ride. Absolutely incredible!

Many thanks for your prior service as a road guard. My hat is off to you. You must be an incredible rider to "survive" 2 tours as a road guard.

Mudbug63
May 20th, 2009, 01:33 PM
Definitely do the entire trip if you get the chance it's well worth the time and effort.

The staging in LA is a sight to behold and regardless of what you hear about the CHP their motor officers are an outstanding bunch. They hold a raffle every year to see who gets to escort the Run from LA to Needles at the border, on their day off and fuel out thier pocket. I can honestly say I have passed a group of CHP motor officers at 90 mph with the Road Guard advanced party on the way to set up the next fuel stop and had them wave as we went by.

Albuquerque, NM completely shuts down the interstate for the Run to pass through. Over all the Run gets fantastic support from LEO's all across the country.

Rainelle in rural West Virginia has to be the highlight of the trip for me. They let out the schools and the entire town turns out as the Run arrives. The Run has pretty much adopted the local school for playground equipment and such. It's a very poor coal mining region so they don't have much and there is generally several thousand dollars donated by the time they reach there every year. The town truly appreciates it and it shows.

The response that the small towns give to the Run renews my faith in America. The amount of support, food and drinks that are provided is simply amazing.