With this past summers ride down and gone in the east, the Long Reach Long Riders are planning their 6th annual ride on the west coast. I was sad to have to miss this years ride as it went straight through my back door. Here is a little more info from the 2009 ride on the east coast:
The 2009 ride raised over $42,000.00 for the ESTA Foundation’s Behind the Scenes program and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, making it the second largest amount raised to date. The combined LRLR total raised since the first ride in 2004 has now exceeded $200,000.00
The participants; 18 motorcycles and as many as three chase vehicles, enjoyed a weeklong ride that took them over mountains, past lush farmland and sweeping vistas and through a number of National and State Parks. The 2,500 mile ride, which began in Richmond, Virginia and ended in Dahlonega, Georgia, visited 5 states and rode on many scenic highways including the Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Cherohala Skyway. The group also tempted fate by riding some of the most famous twisting mountain roads in the USA including The Snake in Shady Valley, Tennessee and the Dragon’s Tail in Robbinsville, North Carolina.
This year’s riders and chase car drivers hail from 13 states, the District of Columbia, British Columbia, Canada and London, England.
So are you pumped up about joining the ride? Here is more information on the 7th annual Long Reach Long Ride.
The Long Reach Long Riders announce their seventh annual charity motorcycle ride. The ride, which benefits the ESTA Foundation’s Behind The Scenes program and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, begins in San Francisco on July 24, 2010.
The ride, which began as one time event back in 2004, has raised more than $200,000.00 over the past six years. “We were just a bunch of technicians looking for a fun way to attend a conference”, commented Bill Sapsis, one of the original ride organizers. “Who knew it would turn out like this?” Greg Williams, another founding member added, “The group was so much fun to ride with we just had to do it again. We’ve seen a lot of really beautiful country in the past six years and this years ride will offer a lot more as well as some of the best riding roads in the west.”
The riders will assemble at the Presidio in San Francisco on the morning of July 24th and head north into the Napa Valley. Over the next seven days the group will head through Eureka and then west to Truckee and Lake Tahoe. They’ll ride through Yosemite and down to Hollister, CA, the birthplace of the outlaw biker legend in the US. Then it’s over to the coast and back up to San Francisco via the legendary Pacific Coast Highway, arriving on July 31st.
As in previous years, anyone who wants to ride with us is more than welcome, either as a ‘day tripper’ or for the entire ride. For more information on the route, joining the ride or making a donation, please visit www.lrlr.org.