The Idea Behind the ride
It was early in 2014 when Charley Barnes came across a story about how many World War II veterans we were losing every day; about 630 to be exact. The last known survivor from World War I living in the United States died in 2011 at the age of 110 and the last known survivor worldwide died in 2012 which brought World War II survivors to the forefront.
The Honor Flight Network was created in May 2005 by Earl Morse and Jeff Miller as a way of saying thank you to those survivors from World War II by taking them on trips to Washington D.C. to see the Memorial that was built to honor them. There are hubs in every state and the Honor Flights quickly evolved to include veterans from Korea and Vietnam as well. Charley has always been a huge supporter of our local hub, Honor Flight Northern Colorado which was started in 2008 by Colonel Stan Cass, a helicopter pilot from Vietnam. To send a veteran from the Northern Colorado hub cost $1000 so Charley wanted to come up with a fundraiser to help pay those expenses. Many people who do fundraisers bake pies, wash cars, sell raffles tickets etc but in his words, he's really not good at any of those. So he decided in April of 2014 that he would do what he is really good at and make it a fundraiser. His passion is extreme endurance motorcycle riding so that was his tool.
2016 Ride Route
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