May 26 – Huntington, WV to Greenville, SC was a great drive, and it brought us just a little closer home. This has been a great year for the Miracle Riders. We have had great weather just about all of the way, and the people on the road we have meet have let me know that great people are all over not just in the South. You can say what you want to but when you can drive twenty-one days and go almost 10,000 miles and never have to change your language it is a great country. I know the USA has a lot of problems, but we are still #1 in the World. I don’t remember how much money we raised last year on the road, but I do believe we raised more this year. We sold “Scott Bobble Heads”, coins, braclets and even made money on tattoo pictures. I know that the tattoo pictures seemed a little “off color” at first, but it was all in good clean fun. People get tattoo’s to show them off, and when we tell them that we can get a $1.00 donation for every tattoo photo they were very willing to have their tattoo photo’ed. In fact, many times the waitress or H-D female staff would take our camera and get the photos for us. I have not taken a final count of the number of tattoos, but my guess is about 200 which means another $200.00 for the kids.
The Miracle Riders will arrive back in Columbus tomorrow, Friday, May 27! They will ride in during intermission of the final Uptown Columbus Concert on Broadway, so come enjoy Peggy Jenkins and the Bizness at 7pm before welcoming our riders back around 8:30pm! Local riders are encouraged to join Scott and the Miracle Riders at the National Infantry Museum and ride along the Riverwalk! The cost to ride is $20 (or $25 to include a t-shirt), and registration begins at 5:30pm.
Day 20 I think again!!!
Well, I have to admit that this has been more than I could have imagined. I am sure most of the guys feel that way, but I know as well that all of us are ready to get home. We rode over 500 miles today, and it was some of the best riding we have had since we were in the Rockies. I burned up four gigs of memory in my video camera by a little after lunch.
“Country roads take me home.” As the lyrics to that old John Denver song played in my mind, we made our way across the beautiful wilderness of West Virginia yesterday.
We stopped in Winchester, Va for some lunch with James Cole’s sister and her family and a visit to Winchester Harley shop. We still had 300 miles to make before the day’s end in Hunnington. With the wind at our backs and the sun in our face we made it before the sun set. Whew! We chewed up 520 miles of asphalt yesterday.