What a great day! Most of the day the temp was perfect for riding but jumped to around a 100 plus in the afternoon. And even then it was a beautiful ride.
Went to the NM Veterans War Memorial. Includes all services and all wars but an especially moving one of the Bataan Death (WWII, Philippines). 2 soldiers carrying 3rd — hundreds of footprints leading up to the 3, only 80 some leading away. Those 80 footprints are actual impressions of the 80 some New Mexico men survived the March. The impressions are of whatever they had on, or in some cases, their bare feet. About 12000 men died on that 80 mile forced march. Torture, abuse, executions — an example of how some can care so little about life. The combined Memorial affects almost everyone. The local ML does a flag presentation and RFTW does a wreath laying. Speakers talk about the way war has effected most all of us one way or another and how future generations can avoid treating the veterans with the disrespect that they were subject to by their “fellow” American’s.
More of our rider vets are loosening up — more hugs, more welcome home’s, more emotions “peeking around the corner”. Tomorrow will bring more — guaranteed that when a Vietnam Vet see’s the two Memorials that are about them and their brothers, they will start to come home. But its a long journey which many will make.
The LEO’s today were fantastic. We were under their care all day with them moving vehicles out of our way, SHUTTING down long expanses of freeways, entry ramps, cross streets — everything that impedes our journey. Overpasses with people, flags, banners,signs — again everything that needs and should be seen.
Road Guards did their normal fantastic jobs responding to every situation as if its what they do in their day to day lives — all while caring about their riders. Starting with setting up direction and traffic control before most of the riders are out of bed in the morning, to helping riders get in for the nite. My brothers and sisters on the RFTW are equally as important and cherished as those I served in the Corps with.
Tomorrow is another early day for them as they need to be in place.I get to sleep in ‘till 6 AM as I need to take my bike in for a fork seal repair. The “Vixen” is getting old!
Say good nite to the American Heroes that are standing up for all of us around the world, so that we may be safe.
The Mission Rules.