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Well it looks like I will be medically discharged/retired from the Marine Corps come APR 08’ for my injuries from Iraq. They started my medical board paper work yesturday, and it “SHOULD” take about 3 months or so. With that in mind, here’s my plan:

I will be ridding my 03’ R-1 from Camp Pendleton, Ca. to my home in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. If I am going to make such a trip, I wanted to do something that would make the trip worth while…...very worth while. So I am going to do a ride for the wounded and injured Marine’s, Soldier’s, Sailor’s, Airmen, and Coast Guardsmen from OIF/OEF.

There are three (3) organizations out there that provide help to the wounded service members and the families left behind by those that gave their all, they are “Wounded Warriors”, “The Wounded Warrior Foundation”, and “The Wounded Warrior Project”. Each of these organizations can be Google?d and easily found. I want to do a ride I call “The Wounded Warrior Ride Across America” for these 3 organizations.

My goal is to raise money in the form of contributions and donations to be split up between the 3 charities, and help those that had their lives changed forever by the war. I intend to raise a minimum of $10,000 (preferably a lot more) and hope to get some large corporations involved to possibly match what I can get in public donations/contributions or make a single generous donation. All 3 organizations are registered as non-profit entities, and any amount generously given can be tax deducted.

As of right now I have approximately 3 months or so to prep for this and get as many sponsors as possible. I will not be going directly to Florida from here. My trip will start at the Wounded Warrior Battalion here at the Naval Hospital on Camp Pendleton, and end at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. The route I’m looking at right now (general) is CA-78 E to I-15 N to the I-40 E all the way to the coast to I-95 N to D.C., from D.C. I will continue my trip home to Florida.

I am not worried about the distance of the trip, Map quest has it at 2,692 miles, I’m expecting to do at least 3,000 to 4,000 miles, as I have decided to dog leg my trip to hit different cities, (and thats before heading to Florida), and I have no doubt in my mind that I can make this ride. I would like to get advice on people/companies/corporations’ you know that would like to help, and what would be some good stops to make along the way. If you happen to live along the way that I’ve mentioned, it would be helpful if you could tell me what it’s like in that time of year (April) i.e.; rainy, snow, cold…...all of the above?

I don’t want this trip to take forever, but I also don’t want to zip through it in like 3 days, even though it’s very possible. I am going to be working on a time line for the ride, but as it is with anything of this kind of undertaking “Situation Dictates”...i.e.; weather, road conditions, traffic, etc, etc.

I have talked personaly with Colonel John D. Folsom , United States Marine Corps, Reserve and founder of the Wounded Warrior, he was very excited about my idea, and supports me 100%. I have been in contact with the Wounded Warrior Project, and they told me to call back on the 26th of DEC, and I have yet to get in touch with anyone from the Wounded Warrior Foundation, but I’m working on it.

I have a buddy of mine working on making me a web site in the next few days where I will post daily updates with pic?s and video of the ride, I will be posting all my sponsors there as well. I will also be getting up with the Patriot Riders to see if there are any members along the way that might want to meet me at various points and ride with me for 50-100 miles or so, anyone here that is close to the route and rides..(or drives) is of course more than welcome to pull up along side and wave hi, (and for the love of the Lord, please pass me a Snicker’s bar). Again, I will be working on a timeline based on speed and distance, and of course the weather and road factors will play a part in this too, and as soon as I find out from my buddy about the web site going up, I will post the time line there. If there are any questions, please feel free to PM me or post them here.

Any input would be greatly appreciated from you all, thanks allot…Semper Fi!!!

Sgt. Smith USMC MP

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Keep us posted as you continue your planning. Once you have the website, I'll pass it along to my son, also a sergeant and USMC Iraq war vet. He now works for the VA, handling vets benefits, etc. I am sure that he has connections that may provide some help. Excellent way to sneak in a good motorcycle ride!


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Hey Sarge, if you come through Phoenix on the way, let me know. I will ride across Arizona with you, and throw in a hundred to support the good cause. Although I don't know if you would want to be seen riding with a K1200LT.

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TommyO said:

Hey Sarge, if you come through Phoenix on the way, let me know. I will ride across Arizona with you, and throw in a hundred to support the good cause. Although I don't know if you would want to be seen riding with a K1200LT.

LOL!!!! I usually keep BMW's in my rear view mirror, but I guess I can make an exception this one time and let you ride along side. Semper Fi bro, I will be working on route and timing soon, let you know then.....thanks.

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I really have the ball rolling on this. My brother is a teacher at Florida Vertual School, and is going to see if some of the students in the web design class want to make some extra credit and come up with a web site for me. I have a local motorcycle mag that is going to do a story on me as the date draws closer, and I've decided to really dog leg the trip by hitting several military bases along the way. I honestly expect this trip to be closer to 4,000miles or better before it's over. So far my planned trip brings me from Camp Pendleton, Ca to Barstow,Ca (MCB Barstow) to Las Vegas, Nv (Nellis AFB) to Flagstaff, Az to Albuquerque, Nm to El Passo, Tx (Ft. Bliss) to Dallas/Ft. Worth, Tx to Killeen, Tx (Ft. Hood). Then head back north to Oklahoma City, Ok (Ft. Sill near Lawton, Ok). So it actually looks like my trip will be more than the I-40 like I originaly thought.

I'm really gona do this up right guys, I want to raise as much money as I can for our service men and women that gave up a part of their lives for this country, and the families of those that gave their lives for us.

Still looking for ideas and recomendations for the ride, I have about 3-4 months to get this together, so it's definatly doable. Thanks for any input you might have.

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Great Idea. If you decide to get down further south to the Houston area let me know. We can at least try to set up some escorts.

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Make sure you post your web site here or at least send us an address where we can make a donation. I'll do what I can here. God bless you and our service members and thanks for protecting my family and our great nation

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HEY give me the info I might ride out from VA and ride back to the east coast. I have wanted to do the coast to coast in 50 Hours. I can do this on the ride out and ride back at your pace if the time frame is good......


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Let me know where and where corporations can donate, I'm outside of D.C.. Good Luck.

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Warning: Even though this appears 'friendly' on the front end, caveat emptor....buyer beware.

Sgt. Smith, thank you for your service. I speak from a different time. The coast of Vietnam was my duty station.

I am moving this thread to the Classifieds.

As Forums Administrator, I am only looking out for everyone's best interest. I don't doubt the legitimacy of the sergeant's goal but am cautious. We are not a clearing house for easy fund raising.

Sorry if this rumples anyone but again,....buyer beware....and thoughtful, too.

(Do your homework!)

Peaceful Christmas.


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TheSarge said:

Warning: Even though this appears 'friendly' on the front end, caveat emptor....buyer beware.

Sgt. Smith, thank you for your service. I speak from a different time. The coast of Vietnam was my duty station.

I am moving this thread to the Classifieds.

As Forums Administrator, I am only looking out for everyone's best interest. I don't doubt the legitimacy of the sergeant's goal but am cautious. We are not a clearing house for easy fund raising.

Sorry if this rumples anyone but again,....buyer beware....and thoughtful, too.

(Do your homework!)

Peaceful Christmas.

Its ok with me, I fully understand. This is a legit project that I am working on; I wasn't asking for any money from anyone, just support and some ideas. I will have a web site set up hopefully by the 2nd or 3rd week of January as everyone is on holiday break.

I’ve never done any kind of fundraiser project before so getting things set up is kind of new to me, but I got a little local help from a few people on what to do’s, and how to do’s. All I’m asking from this community is advice and ideas, “I WILL NOT SOLICIT ON THIS FORUM AT ALL!!!” Again, just support and ideas please, that’s all. Thanks.

Happy Holidays everyone.

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bad_LT said:

HEY give me the info I might ride out from VA and ride back to the east coast. I have wanted to do the coast to coast in 50 Hours. I can do this on the ride out and ride back at your pace if the time frame is good......

LOL!!! You want to try the IBA's 50cc eh? What kind of bike you riding? I'm figuring approximatly 7-10 days trip, with a 24 hr rest/break included, just out side of Tulsa, Ok (got family in Broken Arrow).

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Sophists, I might not ride a bike, but I can try to help out somehow. I am Pro-Military. I have a younger brother that is currently serving in the Army. He just came home from Iraq back in July. I apprectiate everything the Armed Forces is doing. I might get some help from my employer or the place where they have me at.
Send me an e-mail if you get a chance.


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Hi Sophists, I wish I lived along your route I would offer a place to kick up your heals and get some rest. If I may suggest, get in touch with the the American Legions and Veterans of Foreign Wars along your route. Not only would the sponsor you but give you a place to spend the night. Just an idea. Good luck on your trip, and God Bless You for your service!! Kay

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Ok all,

Here's an update on the ride. I have changed my route a bit, I will be takeing the I-15 up to Nellis AFB in Las Vegas, Nv. from San Diego, Ca. for the first leg. Next will be from Nellis AFB, further North up the I-15 to the I-70 East to Breckenridge, Colorado where I will spend the night. Then from Breckenridge to Denver, Co. then the I-25 South to Colorado Springs to hit Ft. Carson, Co. I will continue on the I-70 to Junction City, Ks. and hit Ft. Riley. From there I'll back track a little bit and take the I-135 through Witchita to the I-35 into Oaklahoma City, Ok. and head just South of there on the I-44 to hit Ft. Sill in Lawton, Ok.

Then from Ft. Sill, Ok. back over to the I-35 and South through Dallas/Ft. Worth to Killeen, Tx and hit Ft. Hood, (I may or may not stop there for the night). Then back up the I-35 to Oaklahoma City to the I-44 to Tulsa, Ok. If I don't spend the night at Ft. Hood, then I will stop in Tulsa or Broken Arrow for the night. From Ft. Hood, (or Tulsa/Broken Arrow) to Ft. Leonardwood, Mo. and from there I will continue on to St. Louis on the I-44 and change to the I-64 to Scott AFB where I will definitely be staying the night. Next will be from Scott AFB, I-64 to the I-57 to the I-24 to Clarksville, Tn and hit Ft. Campbell, Ky (even though most of Ft. Campbell is in Tn., the HQ building is on the Ky. side of the state line, thus Ft. Campbell, Ky.).

I will stay on the I-24 to Nashville, Tn. and branch off on the I-65 all the way to Birmingham, Al. to the I-20 to Tuscaloosa, Al. to see my old Army National Guard Unit the 31st SAB in Northport, Al. (I don't even know if they are still there), then on to Montgomery, Al, and South on 231 through Troy, Al. (my old college stomping grounds) to Ft. Rucker, Al. Then Northeast (on some unknown back woods country road) to Columbus, Ga. to hit Ft. Benning. Then I'll take the I-185 to the I-85 through Atlanta, Ga. to Charlotte, Nc. Then I'll find another back woods road to Fayetteville, Nc. to hit Ft. Bragg.

I'll stay on SR-24 from there to Jacksonville, Nc. and finally get some good chow at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (YA BABY!!!). I'll find my way to the I-95 from there and head on up to DC and the final leg of the trip. I'll end up at either Walter Reed Army Medical Center, or Bethesda Naval Hospital, haven't really decided on that one yet.

Well thats what it looks like at this point, I may still make another change or two before ride day (R-Day), I still have about 3 months left, and things are going well so far. I did want to get down to Ft. Bliss, Tx in El Paso so I am trying to work that into the route. I have the backing of my command and family, but still waiting to hear from my brother about the web site he was going to start for me, hopefully that will be up soon.

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UPDATE:

I've made a slite change to my route, instead of taking the I-15 up to Las Vegas (Nellis AFB), I've decided to go all the way up the I-5 to Tacoma, Wa. and hit Ft. Lewis to see the Wounded Warrior Bn there, this adds approximatly 1, 174 more miles to the trip, and will be just the first leg of the trip. I will then work my way down to the I-70 in Utah form there instead of up from Nellis AFB. I'm telling you guys, I am going to have alot of fun on this trip, I look foward to this so much, I will be sore, cramped, tired, and all around hurtin, but I can think of no other cause to put myself in such a condition than this one. I just did the math for the new trip route, it is now....drum roll please.....6,550 miles approx (give or take 10-20 mile margine of error).

I would, once again, like to thank all of you who suport me on doing this trip, it meens alot to me, and the our brother's and sister's for whom I am doing it.

YOS,
Sgt. Smith
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