One of my Dreams.
Someone asked me what perhaps an unfinished dream of mine might be. While I did give them the answer of Riding out to Montana.... I do have other dreams. I might add that I have pursued a dream in the past that was aimed at helping others but it failed. Many is the time that I have come up with an idea and told it was good. Only thing is though, I seem to get flack whenever I try something so I wind up having to fight for it more than I should. Not to mention that fundage is always a problem so I have to proceed with caution and when it becomes apparant that the funds will never materialize or the project fizzles I move on.
Here is just one such dream that when first concieved had me excited to no end. The more I got into it, the need for more money and problems I found just to set it up would keep me from that goal. All I really wanted to do was help a bunch of kids with it but finding out about legalities and permits and so on and so on proved to large a task. The whole purpose was not to spend a bunch of money on setting things up because every dime spent on that would take away from the kids in need.
If you want to read it, It is below but is perhaps to long for most to read. Here it is anyway, 'Wooleys Dream Ride.' from the Chopper site I was writing for at the time.
Wooley Buggers Dream Ride
I have a far fetched dream for helping some children right in here in the good old USA.
It is only a dream and will probably never happen but, it is my largest dream thus far. This dream involves the whole motorcycling community.
As it is it would help untold numbers of children that right now , this day , this minute are suffering from cancer , loss of limbs , birth defects , severe burns , and the list goes on.
I see it first hand every time that I go to the Shriners Hospital for crippled children in Greenville South Carolina. My wife and I have spoken with many a parent in this dilemma. Families that have been financially strapped even ruined trying to get help for these kids. Families that have to decide every single day if they can afford to pay their bills , buy food and still get their child what he/she needs. These are not lowlife people , these are desperate souls hanging on for dear life.
The Shriners give medical care for these children in these families who for many, otherwise would not be to afford it. It cost nothing , nothing for a child patient to receive medical care.
Parents are strapped for money to get the help for these children that so many desperately are in need of. Health insurance companies (if the family can afford it) deny so much that is needed for the care of these children all across the USA. I know, first hand , so I am not just speaking from here say that I have heard from others. Yes I know well, how the insurance companies will jerk you around and refuse to pay for certain procedures through technicalities and loop holes. How children that are in dire need of help do not get it because the family , just flat out can not afford the outrageous cost of health care in a supposedly rich nation like ours. Families from all walks of life and income levels. It is a travesty in this great country of ours I’m telling you.
SO , here it is , my dream. I dream to have the biggest , largest , longest loudest , most attention getting gathering of motorcycle riders for children’s charity ever , EVER , in the history of the world. I’m talking bikes and riders of all types. Harley’s , Triumph’s , Hondas , Yamaha’s , custom choppers , Suzuki’s , BSA’s everything. The largest coming together of a motoring group for a single cause to ride a week long ride together. To show people just what a major force we are out here and that what we do counts in everyday life all across this great country. We demand , as asking politely and waiting for the government to really truly and honestly do something goes no where . That something be done about this ever increasing problem. So many in office make empty promises that are soon forgotten after election day is over.
We want this problem addressed , and we are tired of waiting for it to fix itself.
I dream of miles of thundering , screaming , motorcycles all riding at once covering a four state ride starting in North Carolina to Virginia and then down the coast of North Carolina through Georgia straight into Florida. Hopefully with a large welcoming volunteer party at the end for the riders. The entry fee for the ride would be a donation of $50 to $60 each person which is not much more than the cost of a good meal for two. Every penny going to charity as this ride would have no frills to come out of my pockets. The only item you could get officially to show you were a participant in the ride (other than memories) would be a jacket patch all proceeds would also go to the charity. Road Rat Roberts is the person I would want to design the patch or maybe take ideas from readers. The idea would be for all the money to go to the cause of several charities , not some expensive shows to entertain the riders. This would be riding and more riding through beautiful country side with stops at certain points of interest. No pansies allowed as this would be more like a pony express hell bent for leather ride. I would welcome bands and such to donate their services for free for the riders at the overnight camping spots. Who knows who else might show up for free to get their name out there.
I can just imagine all the news media catching on to this ride as it happens and doing coverage. Well hell , if my dream came true , it would probably go in the record books , and you could say you were there.
I’m not talking a few hundred bikes people . No ! I’m talking a few thousand motorcycles with more coming into the ride as it goes along. No way to trailer your ride in this one folks. It’s gotta be ridden the whole way. Can you imagine the sound and the ground shaking as thousands of us rolling along all at once , mile after mile of us , would surely get some attention. Just imagine how know way ... we would be able to go un-noticed . It would also make an impact on people finally looking out for motorcycles on the road. The best thing however would being in the knowledge that we helped a ton of kids. And we had a blast doing it. Bonds would be forged forever with new found friends and memories for a life time.
If I had a poll , I’d set it up for feedback on this. The million man march was a reality, why not this. I just couldn’t think of a better way to spend a weeks vacation.
Send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know what you think. Could it become a reality? Anyone want to join up now for a spring ride???