There’s so much going on in the world right now that sometimes we forget to reflect on the small, personal blessings America provides. For me, one of those experiences was being part of the 20th anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America (KPCRAA) to benefit the Victory Junction kids camp.Well, this past Friday, I found out about another fantastic motorcycle ride for a great cause. It’s the Dream Ride, which benefits the Special Olympics – and all funds raised go directly to Special Olympics Florida.
The ride starts in South Florida and takes a scenic weeklong trip ending in Farmington, Connecticut. You can find more info here on the website. What’s particularly great about this ride is that it starts right here in neighborhood of Palm Beach Gardens on Saturday, August 16th. The first leg is 280 miles up to Gainesville, Florida where there will be a BBQ at the Gainesville Harley-Davidson. Friday night before the ride kickoff there’ll be a gathering and party at the PGA resort. I hope you can come and meet the fellow riders.So, head on out and join me on the first leg to kickoff this ride from Palm Beach Gardens to Gainesville (and I’m going to wear my University of Tennessee hat). It’s been years since I’ve been to Gainesville and I’m really looking forward to visting. Sunday morning, I will bid the riders farewell as they continue on from Gainesville to Kennesaw Georgia, just north of my hometown of Atlanta – where I coincidentally grew up on Kennesaw Ave NE. I’ll head back to South Florida with a few friends and would love to have a nice group on the return ride.
This is a great cause and once again demonstrates that which is great and unique about America — the men and women of the Iron Horse, Warriors of the Open Road, and the benevolence we have for those who are less fortunate, but still blessed.