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August 27, 2017

Patriot Flag Escort

I have a bunch of vacation days I need to take before the end of the year (use or lose) and I specifically chose Friday, 8/25/17, as one of those to participate with other HOG members in escorting the flag during its Patriot Tour.

Patriot Flag Tour pg 1
Patriot Flag Tour pg 1
Patriot Flag Tour pg 1

We left the dealership at 10 that morning and I got back home about 4:30. We didn't take the flag very far, to a dealership at the VT/NH boarder, but we took the scenic route. On the way, we took two rest stops;

First Group Stop
First Group Stop

Blake, who had carried the flag on his bike officially presented the flag to the Granite State HOG group. That is the fairing of my bike in the second picture :)

Blake handing off flag to Granite State Chapter
Blake handing off flag to Granite State Chapter

The 4 LOH members who rode in the escort: Nancy, me, Michelle, and Sandy

Nancy-Michelle-Sandy-Cheryl-3

After the hand off, we found a place for a late lunch (as one of the member's kids put it "Linner"), then we split up to find our way home. I and another member (of whom I have no idea of his name although he helped work the BBQ a couple of weeks ago also), who lives in Weare - basically my area, rode together until my exit off of 202.

The weather was awesome, in the 60's and 70's and mostly sunny. Had a great time and ride!

UPDATE: Today the dealership posted this on their FB page - naturally all of those who escorted the flag also gave donations before the ride.

TY from Heritage for Nation of Patriots flag tour donations

Posted by Bogie on August 27, 2017 at 06:19 AM in Motorcycles | Permalink

Comments

I don't really understand the "flag tour" thing; but, happy that you had a chance to relax and do something you enjoyed. I'm sure that the funds raised will be put to good use.

Posted by: Cop Car at Aug 28, 2017 4:53:36 PM

Update at the end of the post

Posted by: bogie at Sep 8, 2017 5:00:05 PM

Not bad, Bogie. I did a back-of-the-envelope calculation (Estimations: roughly 6,000 miles, covered by an average of 2 Harleys, getting an average of 45 miles/gallon of gasoline, at an average price of $1.25/gallon - no food/lodging costs incurred above normal) to come up with an approximate fuel cost of $333. That means that the cost of getting the donations was under 10% of the amount of the donations.

Don't know how much the fun/feelings of accomplishment were worth to the riders; but, there were obviously a lot of people who got something out of it. Goodness knows there are military veterans/members who will benefit from the money!

Posted by: Cop Car at Sep 9, 2017 11:22:36 AM

Your calculations stump me.

The amount shown was from what was raised at our dealer location only. We had somewhere around 15 bikes and traveled maybe 100 miles to the next dealer.

Posted by: bogie at Sep 24, 2017 7:26:09 AM

Aha! I did not know that. Thanks for correcting my understanding. (Back to the old envelope - lol.)

Posted by: Cop Car at Sep 24, 2017 10:04:16 AM