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2018 Daytona Bike Week ─ The Bikes Part One

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Wednesday, 06 June 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
No matter how many bike shows I cover, it never ceases to amaze me the variety of custom motorcycles I see. Every time I think I’ve seen it all someone builds a totally outrageous machine that defies the imagination. This year was no exception.
                     Arlington, Virginia To Washington, D.C.       It’s 6:00AM, the morning after the run, and already the Road Guards are outside the host hotel directing the FNGs to their staging area as they arrive for the ride to Arlington National Cemetery. Some of the other riders are on hand to insure they have plenty of water and such, because they will have a wait ahead of them before entering the cemetery. 

The Run For The Wall ─ Day Nine

Story And Photos By Harold “Grumpy” DePuy Wednesday, 30 May 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Wytheville, Virginia To Lynchburg, Virginia - 130 Miles      Day nine is the coolest morning of all as we prepare to leave our hotel and go to Spiller Elementary School to stage the bikes and have breakfast. The meeting has a very familiar air to it by now ─ the Pledge of Allegiance and a message from the Route Coordinator.  And, of course, welcoming the new FNGs. 

The Run For The Wall ─ Day 10

Story And Photos By Harold “Grumpy” DePuy Wednesday, 30 May 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Lynchburg, Virginia To Arlington, Virginia – 262 Miles We had a very early breakfast (4:45am) at Tree of Life Ministries in Lynchburg, Virginia. It’s the last day on the run before we roll into Arlington. This is the last chance for anyone to join the run. The morning meeting will start at 5:30am and is mandatory as all morning meetings are. This meeting is special. Our FNGs will receive the zip tie to go on their bike which allows them access to the ride into Arlington National Cemetery. A pretty big deal, because out of all three routes, only four hundred bikes will be allowed entrance in the cemetery. As in every morning, we welcome the new FNGs and our final briefing from our Route Coordinator Chad (Slacker) O’Dell. 

The Run For The Wall- Day Eight

Story And Photos By Harold “Grumpy” DePuy Tuesday, 29 May 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Chattanooga, Tennessee To Wytheville, Virginia - 285 Miles      The early morning rise, and ride back to Thunder Creek Harley Davidson for breakfast and morning meeting.  This morning is a little different with a wreath laying at the Confederate Cemetery next door to the Harley-Dealership by the RFTW Honor Guard. These are fallen Americans and deserve the respect rendered to them.

The Run For The Wall ─ Day 7

Story And Photos By Harold “Grumpy” DePuy Friday, 25 May 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Meridian, Mississippi To Chattanooga, Tennessee – 319 Miles.       Another early morning at the AG Pavilion. This morning is a bit different having camped out. Breakfast is being served at the pavilion, which was great, and we really feel at home here. The tent is put away and all the gear loaded back on the bike. It was a great photo opportunity for some good pics of the campers as they pack up.  Meanwhile, other riders are arriving from nearby hotels.  Everyone is rested and in good spirits, ready to see what the morning meeting holds in store for us. We welcome the new FNGs as we do every morning and then the pledge.  We are really getting into the swing of things by now. The safety briefing reminds us not to get over confident in our riding. It takes everyone to make it all happen safe.

The Run For The Wall ─ Day Five

Story And Photos By Harold “Grumpy” DePuy Tuesday, 22 May 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Grand Prairie, Texas To Monroe, Louisiana ─ 326 Miles          This morning started with an early morning rise and shine as usual. A quick McDonalds’ breakfast burrito and we head over to join the rest of the riders. Today is Sunday and along with the daily meeting and welcoming the new FNGs, we have a non-denominational church service right in the middle of a Walmart parking lot. Life is good. There is just something about attending church with a banana in your hand and love in your heart.

The Run For The Wall ─Day Four

Story And Photos By Harold “Grumpy” DePuy Monday, 21 May 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
         Odessa, Texas To Grand Prairie, Texas – 351 Miles      As the morning starts out with an early alarm and all the riders prepare for the final day of desert riding. Since there are no mountains to shield the sun, it rises so low it seems like it’s on the ground right in your face. It rises in the east, so you better have a good pair of sun glasses since we are riding directly toward the sun. Many of the riders have helmets with a pull-down shaded shield. Combined with good glasses it’s not a real concern.

The Run For The Wall ─Day Three

Story And Photos By Harold “Grumpy” DePuy Sunday, 20 May 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Las Cruces, New Mexico to Odessa, Texas – 343 miles      Welcome to day three of the Run for the Wall. The day started out with a glorious sunrise in Las Cruces, New Mexico, as riders were already arriving at the American Legion Post 10 for breakfast and the morning mandatory meeting. The Pledge of Allegiance was said and the morning prayer. The new FNGs for today were called forward and welcomed to the run. An impact story of the day was read by Karoni Forester. With so many servicemen missing to this day, there are hundreds of stories to be told. 

The Run For The Wall – Day Two

Story and Photos By Harold “Grumpy” DePuy Saturday, 19 May 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
   It’s day two, with an early morning rise for the riders. They start heading back to the host hotel where a small breakfast, coffee, and fruits await us.  Once the riders assemble for the morning meeting, we welcome the new FNGs and have our safety briefing.  We return to our bikes and platoon meeting and prepare to roll out of Chandler, Arizona.

Run For The Wall - Day 1 - Ontario Ca. to Chandler Az.

Story And Photos By Harold “Grumpy” DePuy Friday, 18 May 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Today is the day we have all been waiting for with anticipation.  The riders are formed In the staging area, preparing to head out (for many) for the first time on the Run For The Wall.  These new riders are called FNG's ( fine new guy / gal ).  With an FNG pin on the front of their vest.  This pin gives them benefits during the run other riders have already experienced.  As I will explain as we go along on the run.  A ride across this magnificent country of ours.  The bikes are all nice and clean with all the gear they are taking secured and ready to roll.  A small breakfast is offered to the riders as we wait for the morning meeting to start.  Then everyone is called up front to attend a short meeting to get everything started.  

Run For The Wall

Story And Photos By Harold “Grumpy” DePuy Thursday, 17 May 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Hello and welcome, to the Thirtieth Annual Run For The Wall. I am Hal DePuy, otherwise known by my road name as “Grumpy.” How I acquired such a name has to do with being an Old School drill sergeant, and a combat veteran. As with most of the riders on the run, I am a Viet Nam veteran. I served nearly twenty one years in the Army and retired at the rank of E7, Sergeant First Class. I was a combat engineer in Viet Nam way up north by the DMZ where there was plenty of action to say the least.

2018 Daytona Bike Week ─ The Bikes Part One

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Tuesday, 08 May 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
No matter how many bike shows I cover, it never ceases to amaze me the variety of custom motorcycles I see. Every time I think I’ve seen it all someone builds a totally outrageous machine that defies the imagination. This year was no exception. On the three days of bike coverage we will share with you, you will see every manner of bagger, chopper, bobber, and whatever you want to call them customs. Some of these bikes defy description and can only be labeled, “What was that guy smoking?” Congratulations to all the show winners and a special thanks to the various judges for taking time out of their rally day to do what they are trained to do.

2018 Daytona Bike Week─ The Scene Part Two

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Wednesday, 25 April 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Another year and another Bike Week in beautiful Daytona Beach. Out of all the years I have been coming here (and that’s a lot), I have never ever been rained out. Yea, I may get a little chilly in the mornings and evenings, but during the day it was absolutely gorgeous.

2018 Daytona Bike Week─ The Scene Part One

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Monday, 23 April 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Another year and another Bike Week in beautiful Daytona Beach. Out of all the years I have been coming here (and that’s a lot), I have never ever been rained out. Yea, I may get a little chilly in the mornings and evenings, but during the day it’s was absolutely gorgeous.
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