The morning started a Continental breakfast at Days Inn, Dunbar where we had spent the night. About 9:30 am we all loaded up in the truck & headed towards Rainelle, WV which was an 80 mile trip. With all the destination information entered into the gps off we went. Went a few miles up I64 the got off on Hwy 60 which is a pretty 2 lane road that winds through the mountains & valleys. We went through many small towns, one sitting right on the river with theses really neat falls in the river. When we pulled into town one side of the road was lined with 30-40 1st & 2nd graders. It was time for a poddy stop (not my words) so we pulled over next to a little convience store/gas station. Tooter took a hand full of trifolds down to where the kids were standing & started handing out the trifolds. He said their little eyes lit up like you had given them a million dollars.
This was a long 80 miles & took longer than what we had figured, plus it didn’t help that we got behind a truck that went like hell down hill, faster than I wanted to go, but only 20 mph up hill if that. No there wasn’t anyplace to pass. We finally arrived in Rainelle about noon. We got parked & stared unloading Fallen Hero’s Dream Ride just about the time the RFTW bikes started showing up. The whole town was excited to see them.
The bikers were giving the kids trinkets & some of the kids had autograph books asking the bikers for their autographs. You see the RFTW has been coming through this little mountain each year for 25 years now & the money they saved by avoiding the toll road they give to the school, that doesn’t count the money collected at free gas stops. I know they built them a new play ground to go with their new school. Did you see this on CNN hell no but they go out of their way to cover some other crap. Maybe it’s best that way.
Miss Jackie sat up her button selling station & started selling the FHDR STL to DC commemorate buttons with $2 of each sale going to the school in Rainelle.
About 2:30 pm things started winding down so we prepared to but. FHDR back into the trailer. When we loaded the address into the gps to get to the hotel in DC we discovered that we had Avoid toll roads checked, so as it turned out we could have avoided the 60 miles of winding road, but we would have missed the little kids holding flags & the beautiful scenery..
About 3:30 pm we were all fueled up & ready to start the 287 mile journey to Washington DC.
It’s getting late & I have a 9 am start in the morning so I will have to finish this later. Stay tuned