As part of our continued commitment to providing Performance Motorcycle Solutions as well as our sponsorship of the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis, our team member Angela rode with the VCR to Sturgis, and is chronicling her adventures with the Veterans Ride, as well as her representation of Liberty at a booth at the Buffalo Chip Campground. Read below to hear how Angela's 1st day of the trip went!
Day 1: August 6th, 2016
We met the VCR crew at their Denver hotel and were beyond excited! Seeing all the beautiful Indian motorcycles and watching the veterans file out towards them only added to my nerves and excitement as we prepared to join them for their final leg of their journey of motorcycle therapy to Sturgis.
Honored to not only represent Liberty but ride alongside our vets, we loaded up with the crew to hit the roads. The beauty of the procession was amazing as we headed out of town. I-25 took on a new look.
The weather was cold and grey-definitely not expected. After about an hour and a half out of Denver I was pretty sure I couldn't feel my fingers but we made our first stop and I could get some more layers.
The journey continued on to the northern parts of Colorado and then into Wyoming. The sun came out and things were looking up! Everywhere we stopped and so many of the towns that we passed through people waved by the roadside, lunches were provided by the generous restaurant owners to honor our vets. The camaraderie that this group had formed was more than visible. Everyone looked out for the other-everyone helped-everyone laughed together. It was an honor to be a part of this incredible group. It was a treat seeing so many of them in our Liberty motorcycle glasses as well. Even though at one point I was referred to as "the lady with the sunglasses," they all were so appreciative and loving their shades. What a blessing to be able to give back to our vets and ensure they had the best optics and Rx sunglasses for their journey.
Soon we hit the boarder or South Dakota. By then the clouds had rolled in and we pulled over for a group photo by the welcome sign. The rain gear started to come out as the rain began. Our home stretch into Hot Springs brought quite the grey overcast and steady rain. Nearly to town, we met up with our escort Dom from the local VFW. He led us into town with his fellow vets on their bikes with huge American flags. Quite the entrance into Hot Springs! After a little break from the bikes, it was time for dinner at the American Legion. As a town for our vets, they put on quite the spread and welcome. I met the most amazing woman that had been riding for 50 years to my one. Now there was an inspiration to close my evening...
Angela Gerber, Liberty Sport