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    (www.americas911ride.org)

    For those who might not be familiar with it, this is a three-day memorial ride (Aug. 16th-18th) starting in Somerset, PA (where Flight 93 plowed into an open field), then going to the Pentagon crash site in Arlington, VA, and then to the Twin Towers site in NYC.

    The ride is limited to 1,000 bikers. They are dedicating this year's ride to the 417 police and firefighters who died in and around the Twin Towers. It's $150 to register (at the website link at top), with proceeds going to scholarships for the children of the fallen public safety personnel. Being a retired police officer (who KitCarson and his sidekick, shuckaduck, does NOT love, by the way ), I'm very proud to be a part of this show of respect.

    The whole two-day riding route, from Somerset to Arlington to NYC, is about 400 miles long, and is escorted every step of the way, with emergency road service available throughout the route.

    So I registered today! And I ordered a denim long-sleeve shirt and a t-shirt, too. Area hotels/motels are providing discounts for those participating. I've already made reservations for everything but the New York stay so far. I'm going to leave two days early from middle-western Georgia with a stopover in Charlotte on the evening of the 14th, leave in the morning and be in Somerset, PA on the evening of the 15th, ready to ride with the group the next day to the first of the three sites we will visit.

    If anyone has been on this ride before, I have a couple of questions I'd like to ask you. I mostly need to know if I need to book one day or two in NYC (it matters, 'cause hotels are NOT cheap in that little town!!!).

    Also, if anyone else has registered and happens to be leaving from the Montgomery AL to Charlotte NC area, get in touch and let's see if we can hook up on the way up there.
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    I have not done the ride, but I have friends who had done it and said it was awsome. Police escorts sweep traffic off the DC beltway, block the Lincoln tunnel, all very cool riding. Only chance you will ever have to ride that ride without traffic jams.
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    I have been to the crash site in Pennsylvania several times. This is a ride I would like to be part off. I'll have to check with my son to see when we have other rides planned. Be safe and enjoy the ride. Larry



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    Thanks for posting this info...

    I've been a LEO for over 22 years. I've wanted to do this ride in the past but haven't been able to. I just checked my schedule and I'm off those 3 days. It will be a great ride with my Dad (Touringon2 in the post above me), who is a retired LEO.

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    Rad,
    my wife and I did the 9/11 ride two years ago for the 10th anniversary. It was a ride we'll never ever forget. And don't regret one minute or one dollar that we put into the ride. We raised a little over $1,800 so we could ride up front. And that was well worth all the work we did for that. As there were 2000 plus bikes that year.
    I was in the fire service for many years as a firefighter and my last 5 years as a fire chief. So this meant a lot to me. My wife and I were still in the fire service at the time of 9/11. So you can see why this meant what it did to us. The people that line the streets and highways waving flags and cheering you on will bring tears to your eye.
    As far as the hotel room for NYC. You only need to get it for one night. Not sure how much it is this year, but two years ago it was $300+ a night.....
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    Bill, thanks-- That's what I wanted to know: Is the NYC day so busy with activities that is was dark by the time it was over, necessitating another night's stay in the Big Apple.

    So you're saying that when the festivities in NYC are over, I still have enough daylight to leave NYC and make some decent progress south toward home, right?

    Can you explain about how raising money affects your 'position' in the ride? Any other event tips? Thanks in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rad View Post
    Bill, thanks-- That's what I wanted to know: Is the NYC day so busy with activities that is was dark by the time it was over, necessitating another night's stay in the Big Apple.

    So you're saying that when the festivities in NYC are over, I still have enough daylight to leave NYC and make some decent progress south toward home, right?

    Can you explain about how raising money affects your 'position' in the ride? Any other event tips? Thanks in advance.
    Rad,
    They try to get you into NYC before dark on Saturday night and that gives you the entire evening to check out the city. When we did the ride the host hotel was only several blocks from Times Square. So it's within walking distance.We ended up staying up till 3:00 am and just walked around the city. The next day (Sunday) ceremonies are in the morning and if you would want to stay another day, that would be okay.. However, if you do, you may not get the same rate at the hotel and then you are responsible for your own parking. Which wasn't something that I wanted to do. We choose to just spend that one night in NYC and see what we could see. We did stay for a couple hours after the ceremony and walked around the Twin Towers area but wanted to start heading home before noon. Because you're on your own getting out of the city on Sunday.
    The fund raising part was a lot of work for us. We put out containers in stores and restaurants and my wife and I sold baked goods (she's an awesome baker) to raise the money. The reason we did that was.. If you raised $1500 or more you were placed in the front of the pack for the entire ride. It is refered to as VIP riders. We ended up being bike #28 out of 2,000 plus bikes. So it was well worth it...You didn't have parking problems, because you were in the front of the pack. You didn't have as much slow speed riding as there is in the back of the pack.
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    If there's anything else I can do or help you out with, please let me know,,, you can send me a PM if you would like and I will gladly give you me contact info (email, cell phone )
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    Extremely helpful info, Bill. As the event gets closer, I'm sure I will pick your brain for more info. I'll PM you then. I'm really looking forward to this (everything except the NYC hotel bill!!! yeeesh! ) lolol
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    I have been a LEO for 23 years and want to make this ride. What a great cause! I hope to sign up in the next few days....and NH, MA riders in? I am in Salem, NH

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    I am one of 4 people that have been on every 9/11 ride since the first one on Nov.11,2001. It is a great ride and a great reason. Very organized and it has a very safe track record. The frst 3 years I rode my Wing and assisted riders with mechanical issues. As the ride grew I started taking my truck, trailer and parts. We make on the road repairs for the cost of parts and a donation to the Foundation. Last year due to a mechanical issue with the Ambulance that rides along with us my wife and I also were the EMT's to provide medical assistance if needed (I am a MD cerified EMT-B, I.V Tech my wife is an EMT-B) we had a very busy weekend. Please come on the ride and show your support! NEVER FORGET. Look for the "Motovation
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rad View Post
    Extremely helpful info, Bill. As the event gets closer, I'm sure I will pick your brain for more info. I'll PM you then. I'm really looking forward to this (everything except the NYC hotel bill!!! yeeesh! ) lolol
    When you are finished in NYC drive over into NJ. The rooms are half the price or less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TravelinLite View Post
    When you are finished in NYC drive over into NJ. The rooms are half the price or less.
    Not quite sure I'm following you. I thought that we leave Arlington on the morning of the 17th and arrived in NYC that evening, and the Twin Towers event in NYC isn't until the next morning on the 18th. Have I got this wrong?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rad View Post
    Not quite sure I'm following you. I thought that we leave Arlington on the morning of the 17th and arrived in NYC that evening, and the Twin Towers event in NYC isn't until the next morning on the 18th. Have I got this wrong?
    Sorry Rad, I am not familiar with the schedule for the 9/11 run. When I attended another first responder charity run up there it ended in the evening.

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    I got registration confirmation today from "Lisa", who was very nice and helpful. She wrote that, even though the event is almost six months away, ~200 people have already signed up, ~800 slots left.

    I've also already reserved my hotel rooms in Somerset, PA, Arlington, and NYC. One of the recommended motels in Somerset is already booked up for that date, so if you're thinking about joining this event, note that reservations are going to go quickly.

    Looking at pictures from albums of past events, I'm amazed at the many thousands of people who line the highways and overpasses in support of this 400 mile-long ride. I'm going to be so excited about participating in this ride.
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    Rad, you still wear "Over Alls" while riding? Dickies I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Jackson View Post
    Rad, you still wear "Over Alls" while riding? Dickies I think.
    LOLOL-- Absolutely! I'm still a "Bubba-boy" rider, not a leather & chrome kinda guy!!! How about you???!!!!
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    If you are planning to attend the 9/11 Memorial Ride this coming August, and you are leaving from

    Florida,
    Georgia,
    Alabama,
    Mississippi, or
    Louisiana

    If you look at a map of the Southeast, you'll notice that Charlotte, NC is a common choke-point for riders leaving from any of those states. It's also an ideal rally point because it's a perfect one-day ride from Somerset, PA (which is the starting point of the 9/11 Memorial Ride).

    So I submitted Charlotte to the ride organizers as a 'Starting Location' for riders who wish to rally from the southeastern states on the way to Somerset, PA, as follows:

    CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA
    8/15/2013 @ 7am
    Meet and leave Hardee's Restaurant, I-77 at Exit 16 East (Sunset Rd.) just north of Charlotte, NC,
    to arrive at Somerset PA ~5pm that afternoon


    Mr. Ted Sjurseth, President/Founder of America's 911 Foundation, Inc., said he's going to add this rally point to the list of rally points on their website for other riders in other areas of the country.
    You can get a breakfast biscuit before we leave, and there's a gas station next door (thank you, Google Maps Street View!).

    I ran a lot of auto-route calculations from various points in the southeast to Somerset, PA, and most of them went through Charlotte, NC, so I hope to see some fellow southern riders at Hardee's on the morning of Aug. 15th!
    Whether 1 or 100 show up, I'll be at the Hardee's Restaurant at around 6 to 6:30am, ready to leave at 7am.

    If you decide to use the more northern I-40 route from north Alabama, Mississippi, or Louisiana, you can hook up with us for lunch in Summersville, West Virginia. See the preliminary ride schedule as follows:

    --------------------------------------------------------

    7:00am - Leave from Hardee's Restaurant, I-77@Exit 16 East (Sunset Rd.). This is just a few minutes north of Charlotte, NC

    9:00am to 9:30am - Stop for gas in Wytheville, Virginia.

    11:00am-12:30pm - Stop for gas/lunch in Summersville, West Virgina - Shoney's Restaurant, US-19 @ North Industrial Blvd.

    2:30 to 3:00pm - Stop for gas at Clarksburg, West Virginia

    5:00pm - Arrive in Somerset, PA

    --------------------------------------------------------

    I hope to meet some fellow southern rider on the way to Somerset, PA!


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