BY WILD BILL
It all started a few months back on a poker run where I met Joanne and learned of the Wounded Warrior Project event that was in the planning. Being a Vet myself, I found it to be a great idea and wanted to find out more so I went to their web site www.woundedwarriorproject.org. What I found, and you will find as well, is they are there to help the Men and Women who help make our country FREE. They exist to provide comfort and support to our severely injured service members as they recover and get back into the main life with their wounds. This was to be there first event in Tucson, AZ for this cause and the outcome proved it will happen again.
The day came and the weather around our great state couldn’t have been better, a little cool and crisp in the early morning (it was a welcoming feeling). I am not a wimp, but I had to put on a sweater with the 100 + in the near past and it was nice to dawn the sweater. I choose to ride with the group leaving from Montgomery’s Grill & Saloon. I arrived to find a few bikes in line, received my camouflage shirt with the Montgomery’s logo displayed, and checked-out Mike’s new bike. We waited for the arrival of the Nogales Riders who made it with a few miles under their belt and all bundled up. We talked for a few minutes, mounted our rides, and headed off to the first stop, Hooters located at 6335 E. Tanque Verde Rd, to pick up our packet and map for the remaining stops. At this time, I need to thank Joanne for fronting me the funds to start a day of too much Bailey’s and Captain Morgan (I paid her back)!
The run covered stops at Risky Business located at 6866 E. Sunrise Dr, Texas Roadhouse 170 S. Wilmot, Montgomery’s Grill & Saloon 13190 E. Colossal Cave Rd (Home of Biggest Bike Night every 2nd Tuesday of the month), Chuy’s 7585 S. Houghton Rd (Bike Night every Thursday Night), and then the final destination, Pima Air & Space Museum located at 6000 E. Valencia. I arrived early to the Pima Air Museum staging myself to get the much needed photos of riders coming in for this special event and to take in the park. Registration included a walk through History and this is a must see venue when your in our city. Cooling off by this time with refreshments provided by volunteers and the Military donating their time to help with parking and staging, it was obvious it was going to be an awesome event!
Big Sky had their bikes on display with clothing and other items to see. The Patch lady and The Stitcher had patches and stayed very busy. Flyin’ Blynd was the band scheduled to perform and they were ready to jam. While I was setting up to get pictures, we had a moment of silence for the not forgotten, and then Flyin’ Blynd got to jamming. Riders made their way down the dirt road, parked, and enjoyed all that there was. Shade was provided by a mesh tent that came down on the band, but they didn’t skip a beat. Most of the riders started showing up about this time. Arizona Victory’s Mike showed up on the new Vision carrying two passengers (Yes Women) that looked at home on his ride. Friends and family were here to support this event and it gave almost everyone goose bumps.
I would like to thank J. Geho, Joanne, and a whole lot more not mentioned for setting up this event and being a part of it. A special thanks to our men and women in uniform who have served, who are serving, and who need our help as well as all of the riders that made it a success, and all of the sponsors that helped promote this event and gave their time. This will be an annual event in the future and they’re already planning for next year. Join us in the fun for a great cause and ride safe.