Flag line by the Grand Junction PGR and
farewell to our UT POW/Mia escorts
above 3 Limon CO
We are in Limon CO. I have a lot to write but
is very bad here, I will send some pics first and see how
it goes. Then try to write an update of today's events.
These pictures are from our first stop in
Grand Junction CO.
Day 3 (May 23. 2009)
We left Green River and had a nice drive
most of the day. We were greeted in
Grand Junction CO by a PGR Flag line
and free Coffee from the truck stop!
We headed on toward Denver with full
Highway patrol escort for many portions
of the day. We headed up the big hills
(11,000+) and of course Big Rider
( that's what we call the RV now, remember
we have kids with us!)
Was a little slow and we dropped back a
At least the view was nice! We caught up to the
rest of the group in El Rancho, they were
nice enough to wait but that was probably
because we had some of the stuff needed for
the next stop!
We were escorted by the
Denver Buffalo Soldier MC group
and they had a very nice
church service honoring our heroes!
It was very moving when they did the
"roll call" and Taps. (continued opposite side top)
Fred Salanti (center Red Bike) is the
founder and coordinator of MIA-P.
Salanti is a retired US Army Major and
has received national recognition because of
"It's Time To Take Back
Mark is the Ansel Adams of Event Photography.. "
- David Lubow, CEO Falcon Industries -
Going through Vail CO
Day 3 (May
23. 2009) update (continued)
We left the church Service and before we
were even on the highway were hit by a
very strong thunderstorm! It was crazy!
A few bikes and most of the chase vehicles
got separated and took a wrong exit...
We worried about them all but it did give
ol Big Rider a chance to be right up with t
he main group for a change!
We made it into Limon before dark,
had a nice dinner and are settling in
for the night.
There are folks here from Denver and
other areas in CO and some came up
We also met one of the Buffalo Soldiers
from AZ that helped with the exhuming
of Isaiah Mays! Some will be going with
us to Topeka tomorrow others will head
home after riding with us for today.
We ate dinner with "Highway" who is
going with us all the way (started in Sacramento)!
and got a very interesting history lesson about
the Buffalo Soldiers.
We have several events tomorrow in KS.
I will get more pics. I hear that some family
members of riders are checking these
updates; I am trying to get more pictures
of our group so you can see your loved
ones are doing well.
I know they got cold and wet today,
but spirits are high and the mission pushes
us all on!! I know this is something that
will remain in our hearts forever!
above 2: The
Long Rider which transports the cremains
above: the 3
Hartman 'Kids' with Buffalo Soldiers
above: This picture is of the
Denver Buffalo Soldiers
and Patty Callahan ( Johnnie Callahan's
Daughter, she is going with us all the way too
and has spent some of the trip on a bike
They are holding the Proclamation from
the Denver Mayor.
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