The Dream Ride

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Motorcycle Towing

So, you've done all your trip planning, checked your tires and your oil. Everything is packed and distributed just right on your motorcycle. Out on the road, miles from home, your enjoying life, the sights, smells and subtle temperature changes. Pulling off the road to snap a few pictures and take in the view; then after a short break, get back on your motorcycle. Then you notice your rear tire is flat. Now what! You don't know anyone much less where the next shop is and...you don't have a phone book handy to look one up. What good is your cell phone now?

Well, If you were thinking ahead, you have the number to the good folks at www.mts-towing.com in your pocket. The people over at MTS can get you out of a jam. They will get you and take you to a motorcycle shop to get you going again. With the optional plan, they will even cover your tire, fuel pump, battery and cables. That keeps trip money in your pocket. You can even get special rates at certain motels in case you need a room. Run out of gas or have a battery go dead? Shoot, they'll bring it to you at no charge except for the cost of the battery or fuel. Can you think of any other towing service that wouldn't charge you for the trip out?

So, the next time you plan that weekend or week long trip, make sure to become a member of Motorcycle Towing Service for that extra piece of mind.
The Dream Ride 3:02 PM | 1 comments |
The Charity To Be Announced Soon.


The first children's charity for the ride will be announced soon. They are all very worthy and honest causes who really do spend most funds on the children. We can only pick one from the list a year. They may not be the biggest organizations but they are the best and do the most for the kids.
Stay tuned as we hope to have the news to release very soon.
The Dream Ride 12:28 AM | 4 comments |

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

www.koa.com<>KOA Campgrounds

Camping and Lodging


(This is not finalized yet but this is what we are shooting for.) www.koa.com

We are looking at the KOA Campgrounds for our camping/lodging needs. The prices are very affordable and the facilities are well kept. Besides the plus of knowing where we will stop, this will help with anyone's budget for the ride. They have cabins and tent camping, pools and showers and most have free wifi wireless internet connections. An added plus is the knowing that your vehicle will be safer than at a motel/hotel. Camping average would be around $20 per night for two and a nice cozy Kamping Kabin at an average of $40 for two. You can purchase a 1 year discount card for $14 which will give an additional 10% discount off of camping/lodging.
KOA strives to keep safe, clean and secure sites so this is also a plus. Many are family owned and operated so this is also a plus.

Several KOA's are near or on the old Route 66 highway and plenty of scenic highway. For instance, Elk City Oklahoma has a Route 66 museum with artifacts from the era, Amarillo Texas has the infamous Cadillac Ranch, with it's ten Cadillac's buried nose down, within a stones throw. Buffalo Tennessee is in the heart of the Blueridge Mountains with the KOA Campgrounds near the Loretta Lynn Ranch. Seligram Arizona is one of the few remaining stretches of the actual Route 66 that steps back in time to the fifties.

You can go to the www.koa.com campground site and check out these stopping points by clicking the KOA Campground U.S. These are the target overnight stops that I am looking at for interesting points for anyone to visit if not to road weary.
1) Asheville, North Carolina
2) Buffalo, Tennessee
3) Little Rock, Arkansas
4) Elk City, Oklahoma
5) Amarillo, Texas
6) Albuquerque, New Mexico
7) Seligram, Arizona
And
8) Last stop, in California ( To be Determined )

Go to the site and look around and give some feedback.
The Dream Ride 10:32 PM | 0 comments |

Saturday, April 15, 2006

THE PLANNING OF THE ROUTE (In a nut shell)

The planned route, thus far, will be by taking Interstate I-40 from the east heading westward to California. States included along the route will be as follows: North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
The month of August 2007 has been decided on for this endeavor. Beginning on Saturday the fourth and ending on Monday the thirteenth. We will be riding an average of 400 miles a day, some more, some less.
It all depends on how sore my seat gets.

More in depth information will be updated as the ride develops.
The Dream Ride 12:15 AM | 2 comments |

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Making It Happen



Now, I know that the amount of participants for this ride is a huge, gigantic task to pull off. It won't just happen overnight. I'm thinking of perhaps a pledge type ride. The riders obtain a pledge of .20 cents a mile for a certain distance. Say you ride 300 miles and get your ride card punched at the end, that's $60. Multiply that by 100 riders and you have $6,000 for the kids.
Let's say we are able to fund raise for the www.victoryjunction.org facility. That would send two children to camp for a week each with $1,000 left over for other camp necessities. That is a life time of memories for many of these great kids.
And if only fifty riders attend the first one, then I will still consider it a success by being able to send just one extraordinary child to camp. And this would be only the first of places on the list to help over the years to come.

I do feel sure that if the million man march and the million mom march can have a great turnout then this can to. The completion of Mount Rushmore was sure to of had it's share of dis-belief at the monumental undertaking. So must the great carving on the Stone Mountain in Georgia. And the technology back then was nothing of the sort we have today. But neither of those actually did anything to help anyone.
The power of a few CAN make big things happen, really big things. The Patriot Guard Riders were just a handful of people on a great mission, look at what they are accomplishing in short order. Harley Davidson began in a small wooden shed by the dream of two then three and so on. Dell computers began in a garage, I think it was, and look at it now.

So this Dream Ride, as big as the dream is, can become a reality. People coming together is what makes great things achievable. I have believers and I have the non-believers too. But I can't let the non-believers kill my spirit to give it a try can I?
This isn't about me and my dream really. It's about the dream of millions of kids, the ones whom most don't even know exist. Kids who are looked at differently because of a handicap and limited mobility. Children with a life threatening illness and a battle that we just can not fathom. Parents who have to make tough decisions each day to try and obtain what their child needs.
These are the children that hardly complain about what they have to deal with that wish to have a bit of normalcy in their lives.

You can help change the outcome of some of these lives by doing not much more than riding your motorcycle. Ride with us a mile or a day...Because the smile you get won't compare to the smile you'll be putting on a kids face.
The Dream Ride 10:20 PM | 1 comments |

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Welcome to the Dream Ride

The dream ride is all about helping as many children with medical needs as we can with a Coast to Coast motorcycle ride. The idea is to have as many riders as we can to embarke on a venture from the east coast to the west coast. You don't have to ride the whole way, but may join us in your state and ride along with us at one of the pickup points. There will be more information as we begin to get things more in order.

To tell you more about the ride, please read the following article to give you a better idea.
If you can help out in anyway, shape or form then give us a shout at thedreamride@gmail.com .

Thank you for dropping by,
WooleyBugger formerly of GarageChoppers.com



Now the article,


The Dream Ride


I have a far fetched dream for helping some children right in here in the good old USA.
It is only a dream and will probably never happen without a lot of help but, it is my largest dream thus far. This dream involves the whole motorcycling community.
As it is it would help untold numbers of children that right now , this day , this minute are suffering from cancer , loss of limbs , birth defects , severe burns , and the list goes on. We wish to help as many charities possible with hopes the ride will become an annual ride to help a different organization each year.

My own experience is from my dealings with my son’s care from birth. I see it first hand every time that I go to the Shriners Hospital for crippled children in Greenville South Carolina. My wife and I have spoken with many a parent in this dilemma. Families that have been financially strapped even ruined trying to get help for these kids. Families that have to decide every single day if they can afford to pay their bills , buy food and still get their child what he/she needs. These are not lowlife people , these are desperate souls hanging on for dear life.

The Shriners give medical care for these children in these families who for many, otherwise would not be to afford it. It cost nothing , nothing for a child patient to receive medical care.
Parents are strapped for money to get the help for these children that so many desperately are in need of. Health insurance companies (if the family can afford it) deny so much that is needed for the care of these children all across the USA. I know, first hand , so I am not just speaking from here say that I have heard from others. Yes I know well, how the insurance companies will jerk you around and refuse to pay for certain procedures through technicalities and loop holes. How children that are in dire need of help do not get it because the family , just flat out can not afford the outrageous cost of health care in a supposedly rich nation like ours. Families from all walks of life and income levels. It is a travesty in this great country of ours I’m telling you.

SO , here it is , my dream. I dream to have the biggest , largest , longest loudest , most attention getting gathering of motorcycle riders for children’s charity ever , EVER , in the history of the world. I’m talking bikes and riders of all types. Harley’s , Triumph’s , Hondas , Yamaha’s , custom choppers , Suzuki’s , BSA’s everything. The largest coming together of a motoring group for a single cause to ride a week long ride together. To show people just what a major force we are out here and that what we do counts in everyday life all across this great country. We demand , as asking politely and waiting for the government to really truly and honestly do something goes no where . That something be done about this ever increasing problem. So many in office make empty promises that are soon forgotten after election day is over.
We want this problem addressed , and we are tired of waiting for it to fix itself.
I dream of miles of thundering , screaming , motorcycles all riding at once covering a Coast to Coast ride starting in either North Carolina to California or California to North Carolina which would allow more riders to join in. Hopefully with a large welcoming volunteer party at the end for the riders. Of course nobody would have to ride the whole way but could join in at pickup spots and ride a day or two with us. The entry fee for the ride would be a donation/pledge of $50 to $60 each person which is not much more than the cost of a good meal for two. Bike shops would be needed to provide a place to pickup ride info and participant patches. Every penny going to charity as this ride would have no frills to come out of my pockets. The only item you obtain officially, to show you were a participant in the ride other than memories, would be a jacket patch with all proceeds also going to the charity. The idea would be for all the money to go to the cause of several charities , not some expensive shows to entertain the riders. This would be riding and more riding through beautiful country side with stops at certain points of interest. No pansies allowed as this would be more like a pony express hell bent for leather ride. I would welcome bands and such to donate their services for free for the riders at the overnight camping spots. Who knows who else might show up for free to get their name out there.
I can just imagine all the news media catching on to this ride as it happens and doing coverage. Well hell , if my dream came true , it would probably go in the record books , and you could say you were there.
I’m not talking a few hundred bikes people . No ! I’m talking a few thousand motorcycles with more coming into the ride as it goes along. No way to trailer your ride in this one folks. It’s gotta be ridden the whole way. Can you imagine the sound and the ground shaking as thousands of us rolling along all at once , mile after mile of us , would surely get some attention. Just imagine how know way ... we would be able to go un-noticed . It would also make an impact on people finally looking out for motorcycles on the road. The best thing however would being in the knowledge that we helped a ton of kids. And we had a blast doing it. Bonds would be forged forever with new found friends and memories for a life time.

If I had a poll , I’d set it up for feedback on this. The million man march was a reality, why not this. I just couldn’t think of a better way to spend a weeks vacation.
Send me an email thedreamride@gmail.com to let me know what you think. Could it become a reality? Anyone want to join up now for a fall 2007 ride???

WooleyB
The Dream Ride 10:13 PM | 6 comments |