That’s not thunder or an earthquake you’re hearing coming at you from a distance. Rather, it’s the sound of hundreds motorcycles headed east in the 26th annual Run For The Wall.
About 900 bikers took off this week from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and will ride cross-country for more than 2,200 miles in three different groups to Washington D.C.
As part of that mission, the group travels to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., and participates in the Rolling Thunder Parade, along with a candlelight vigil on Friday, May 23.
The ride honors the Americans who were killed or missing in all wars, as well as our troops currently serving in the military.
Air Force veteran and OOIDA Member David Talley of Wausau, Wis., will be making his ninth run this year. Talley is one of several bikers who will be monitoring channel 19 on the CB to communicate with truckers on the path. The bikes will be moving five miles below the posted speed limit.
“If (truckers) have a problem, if they need help, if they want to know what’s going on, we’ve got answers to their questions,” Talley told “Land Line Now.” “We have road guards with us that are either active law enforcement officers that are on vacation or retired law enforcement officers, and they can move traffic pretty well. …We do care about the trucks, and we always try to keep a lane open.”
With an estimated 300 bikes per group, 250 will ride in the pack with 50-55 bikes riding ahead to set up the fuel stops in stages. This ensures that they do not tie up the highways. In some parts of the journey, the bikers will receive an escort.
“It’s going to be a good trip,” Talley said. “We’ve got a lot of new guys. We’ve got a lot of Purple Heart guys in this group, and all three routes are on a Purple Heart trail.”
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“Land Line Now” Staff Reporter Reed Black contributed to this article.
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