We've been waiting almost a year for this ride date to arrive. It's the 10-year anniversary of that terrible terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and what could have been the Capital building in Washington DC. As the world knows, our Navy Seals took out Osama bin Laden on 01 May 2011 - a day we shall remember along with 11 September 2001. Raise a toast to the Navy Seals that took him out of the picture for good!
The WORMS members that supported this ride (Rose, Sandra, Jim and Allen) rode almost 1,000 miles in four days - up to Somerset, PA for the start of the ride, down to Arlington VA, up to New York City and finally home again. The weather was great; we only had a bit of rain on the final day of riding. Just about all the towns we rode through had lots of people out on the streets waving their flags and cheering us on. The large number of bikes (about 1,720) took around 30-40 minutes to get through the towns, even with our Police escorts blocking the roads for us. Memorable cities where we really noticed a significant turnout were Cumberland, MD; Leesburg VA, Linden NJ and New York City, NY. We visited the World Trade Center site and saw the construction still in process. The ride home was not bad for Sandra & Allen, as they basically came back on I-95 - paying lots of tolls on the way. Rose & Jim continued on up through New York to meet up with Steve and his wife, so they are spending a few more days to get more miles in before the riding season is over.
Overall the ride would not have been possible without the dedication of America's 9-11 Foundation and the Police, EMS and Firefighters that organized and helped with the ride. Having a Police escort along the way, seeing fire trucks on maybe 30-40 over-passes with American flags flying and just all the people on the sides of the road (some blocked by Police while our group rode by) waving their hands made this ride worth every effort. Our bodies might need a rest but our hearts want to keep the memory going for many months to come.