When you go to the website for the
the first thing you will see is,
"The Greatest Casualty is Being Forgotten"
Pretty powerful words to one as sensitive as I am... so when one of my good customers (shout out to Lyn Briggs) invited me to go on this ride and I found the website to see what it was about, I committed to joining this ride. I checked the schedule at my shop, made sure that the team working today would be okay without me and left early this morning to register. I showed up with my not so pretty fingernails to the ride because I gave the Dirty Girl a quick polish with Lemon Pledge right before I left. I didn't want her to be SO dirty for the ride :)
The mission of the WWP is simple:
.... to honor and empower wounded warriors.
raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women
help severely injured service members aid and assist each other
provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members
The ride was launched from Paramount Harley Davidson in Framingham MA. When I got there, it was pretty evident where to put my bike :)
At about 11:30, we had the huddle to go over road rules... always a good thing. I raised my hand and asked about red lights and stop signs- did the escort mean that we would not be stopping at all? The answer was yes, the 8 or so motor cops from area towns were there to volunteer their time to make sure our parade was safe and fun.
11:45...Kickstands up! We were going on a 50 mile loop through MetroWest Boston, ending at Natick Labs, the only active military base in MA (I think that is what I heard said).