June 19, 2012
We meet a lot of veterans on the road as we travel like this Air Force Veteran. He and a Navy buddy ride together and are proud to have ridden all the way to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. I visited the Memorial; I don’t remember what year it was. We, like many others, traced the name of a friend. It was an emotional experience. Especially the notes, and flowers, and meaningful (to them) trinkets that people lay next to the wall where their loved ones names are etched in stone forever.
We’ve seen several of these Veteran Biker Groups on various missions. Just seeing them reminds us of All Gave Some, Some Gave All.
Wherever I see a vet just minding his own business, I feel shy about walking up to him and thanking them, but we do smile in a friendly way and say hello. If they have cameras we offer to take their pictures for them. It is one thing I can do, as small as that may be. This duo let me take their picture for my blog, and we took their pictures in front of the ruins we were all admiring, with their cameras.
Both of these guys made the trip All The Way in 2011 and in 2012. The theme is We Ride For Those Who Can’t. I didn’t ask their names, but I’m going to make a point of doing so the next time we meet a veteran biker and post their pictures on the blog.
I fly to Vegas this afternoon for a visit with my son and daughter and their families for two days. Then, home to Murphys for my family reunion. Besides everyday business to catch up on, each time I return home, I make it a point to finish one major project I started. I’ll be in touch via this blog and give you a look into what goes on in my very active community.
We’re parked in the City of Farmington, in a huge parking lot behind the shuttle service that will deliver me to Alburquerque Airport later this morning. Then Jim will head for high ground, cooler temperatures, hopefully, and more rest for his injury which still plagues him.