Rider magazine asked our two good friends David Andreas and John Puerner, who are participating in the 20th Anniversary of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America, to keep us posted on the ride’s progress with a daily blog. Each entry will cover the previous day’s events (or perhaps the two previous days). Here’s their report from Friday, May 2, as they get ready to depart on the ride from Carlsbad, California, on Saturday, May 3.
Welcome from the beautiful beach community of Carlsbad, California, the start of the 20th Anniversary Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.
Saturday morning, we’re taking off with more than 200 riders on a 2,800-mile coast-to-coast ride finishing in Daytona Beach, Florida, on May 10. Each day, we–David Andreas and John Puerner–will blog about this adventure from a rider’s point of view. David has been on 10 Charity Rides, while John has participated in five.
Many of this year’s riders began their trip days ago. Folks rode in from Florida, North Carolina, Texas, the upper Midwest, and many points in between–all to start this coast-to-coast ride.
Some narrowly missed tornadoes in Arkansas, and others rode through pounding sandstorms in West Texas to join us. These are avid motorcycle enthusiasts who ride all day in almost any weather.
The mix of bikes is about 75 percent Harley-Davidson–a Ride sponsor for several years–with some trikes and other brands in the lineup.
The Charity Ride benefits Victory Junction, a camp in Randleman, NC, created by the Petty family to enrich the lives of children with chronic medical illnesses. While the camaraderie, the scenery, and the countless memories keep us coming back year after year, it’s really this cause that unites and defines the Charity Ride family. The Ride has raised nearly $15 million to date for children’s charities, and we are excited to grow that number in our 20th year.
We invite you to follow us live on Facebook–www.facebook.com/KPCharityRide–and on Twitter–@KPCharityRide–where daily routes and stops will be posted. If we are riding near you, please come out and say hello!
Tomorrow is a 445-mile day through the mountains west of Carlsbad, to the Salton Sea, with our overnight stop in Tucson, Arizona.
We want to thank Mark Tuttle and the folks at Rider Magazine for this opportunity to share this unique experience with you. We are very excited and ready to go.
David Andreas and John Puerner