Torches Across America Motorcycle Ride 2007 July 27, 2007
11 days’ run in September will honor the Victims, Veterans, and Volunteers of 9-11′s attack
You are invited to join thousands of bikers cruising across America–from California to New York, Washington, The Pentagon, and Pennsylvania–in remembrance of homeland victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. More than a hundred motorcycle riders made the 2,600 mile coast to coast run in 2006! Donate a few weeks’ riding time to parade into New York amid thousands of bikers honoring the victims and first responders who died in the fires of 9/11, or join the Torches Across America Run when it passes through your area.
This nationwide motorcycle run expresses our appreciation for:
1) the 3,000 victims of the attack on September 11, 2001
2) the first responders who volunteered to enter flaming towers to help save others’ lives, and
3) the armed forces veterans who protect us. As Abraham Lincoln spoke at Gettysburg: “They have not died in vain.”
This fall you may ride along with some or all of these intrastate parades, from VFW halls and civic parks to memorial sites and firefighters’ lofty caves. Twist your throttle and get in the wind alongside police and fire officers, veterans and service men and women, and diverse patriots. Think of those gone before you; think of those coming after you; and resolve to remember 9/11 as much as the Alamo and Pearl Harbor, and for the same deadly reasons.
If ya don’t ride, ya can still register for updates and follow our progress on the web site, make a donation to support other riders, or buy support regalia like shirts and patches. America will heal itself, and in grieving we remember. Soon the grief will turn to action or forgiveness, bitterness or resignationÂand then the ragged wound of terrorism will scar over and become less important.
The sixteen states in order of travel are: California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas; Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana; Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland; Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York. Please join us for part or all of this historic ride!
For more information, please go to www.TorchesAcrossAmerica.com.
Friday, August 30, 2007 (Labor Day weekend) Initial meeting place–Ramada Limited, 517 San Marcos Blvd., San Marcos, CA 92069. (760) 471-2800.
Saturday, September 1, 2007–379 miles leave from Kennedy’s Custom Cycle in Oceanside, CA 8am and ride East on SR-78 then North on I-15 thru Riverside, San Bernardino, and Victorville (for lunch); then on I-40 East thru Barstow, Needles, to Kingman, AZ. Hotel: The Travelodge, 3275 E Andy Devine Ave., Kingman, AZ 86401 (928) 757-1188
Sunday, September 2nd–466 miles. leave from Kingman, AZ at 7:00am on 40 East and ride thru Flagstaff, Gallup, to Albuquerque, NM. Hotel: Comfort Inn 2015 Menaul NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107 (505) 881- 3210
Monday, September 3rd–289 miles. leave from Albuquerque, NM and ride East on I-40 through Santa Fe and Tucumcari to Amarillo, TX. Hotel: Amarillo Holiday Inn 1911 I-40 East Amarillo, TX 79102 (806) 372-8741
Tuesday, September 4th–367 miles. leave Amarillo, TX and ride through Oklahoma City on I-44 East to Tulsa, OK. Hotel: Tulsa Econo Lodge 11629 E. Skelly Dr. Tulsa, OK 74128 (918) 437-9200
Wednesday, September 5th–226 miles. leave Tulsa, OK on 44 East and ride through Joplin and Springfield, to Branson, MO for the Bart Rockett show at 8pm. Hotel: The Fiddlers Inn 3522 W. Hwy 76 Branson, MO 65616 1-800-544-6483
Thursday, September 6th–276 miles leave from Branson and ride through Lebanon, MO to St. Louis IL; then 70 East to Troy, IL. Hotel: Super 8 Motel 910 Edwardsville Rd. Troy, IL 62294 (618) 667-8888
Friday, September 7th–483 miles leave Troy, IL and ride on I-70 East thru Vandalia, Effingham, Terre Haute, and Indianapolis, IN; then Dayton, Springfield, Colombus, Zanesville, to Cambridge, OH. Hotel: The Holiday Inn 2248 Southgate Parkway Cambridge, OH 43725 (740)432-7313
Saturday, September 8th–340 miles. leave Cambridge, OH on 70 East to Wheeling WV, Pittsburgh PA, Somerset PA, Hagerstown MD, Frederick MD, and ride into Washington DC. Hotel: The Vienna Wolf Trap, 430 Maple Avenue West, Vienna, VA 22180 (703) 281-2330
Sunday, September 9th–224 miles. leave from Washington DC. and ride on I-95 North to Baltimore MD, Wilmington DE, Philadelphia PA, Trenton LJ, then East on I-195 to the New Jersey Turnpike and into New York City on the George Washington Bridge. Hotel: Red Roof Inn, 15 Meadowlands Pkwy, Secaucus, NJ, 07094 (201) 319-1000
Monday, September 10th–303 miles. leave from New Jersey on I-78 East through Bethlehem, Allentown, then I-78/76 West to Somerset, PA. Optional “Rattle the Runway Ride” to the Pentagon. Hotel: The Day’s Inn 220 Waterworks Rd. Somerset, PA 15501 (814) 445-9200
Tuesday, September 11th start our morning at the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel then we will go to the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville. Hotel: The Day’s Inn, 220 Waterworks Rd. Somerset, PA 15501 (814) 445-9200