Name: Wayne Karlik
A good friend of mine told me of this ride last year on Memorial Day while we were camping, and I thought it would be a ride we could do. After checking out the website, I called Rod and said “WE have to do this ride”! So, on May 21st we headed south to meet up with RFTW in Goodland KS on the 22nd. The wind blew us in to Goodland about two hours before the group was to be there so we hung out and waited to see some riders show. The fuel up advanced crew rode in and we talked with them until the platoons started in. From that point on the “RIDE FOR THE WALL” took on a whole new meaning for me.
For the next 7 days I was on an emotional roller coaster. The VA Hospitals, the Memorials, the over passes lined with the most patriotic people on earth, the supplied lunches from VFWs and American Legions, and the unselfish brother and sisterhood, at times, left me speechless. Everywhere we went, the folks of this nation greeted us with a form of pride and love I thought was about gone in this country. There is so much more I want to say about this trip, but, I would need to much room on this page, and it would probably get boring to read. To put it in a nut shell, this was the most enjoyable, emotional, and
unforgettable experience I could ever have on a bike, or anywhere for that matter! Thank you all, brothers and sisters, for EVERYTHING! God bless you all, and this will not be my last trip with RFTW!!