An event I’d REALLY like to attend – You?

The Arthritis Foundation puts on a fund-raising bicycle ride event in September (7th -13th)  on the Oregon coast – which as you know is essentially a motorcycle playground.  They are raising money for arthritis research, education and advocacy efforts in locally and nationally.  The actual start is Sunday, September 8th, but they spend the night beforehand in Astoria.

Organizers have reached out with some very tempting concepts.  Do you have the time to do this?

  1. They need three motorcycle volunteers to work the event 4 days on and 2 days off- each day two of the three would be on duty as route patrol to ensure the safety of the participants.   The motorcycle volunteers will receive meals, and all of their motel and fuel expenses can be taken as charitable donations to the Arthritis Foundation.
  2. Although they’ve not done this before, the 370 miles (plus what you could add) event could be done on a motorcycle, so they’re offering that as well.  Participants raise the fundraising goal through donations or from their own resources. 
  3. I know that many motorcyclists are also ardent bicycle riders, and that presents an opportunity as well. 

As I am sure is true for most, I’d love to do this event but do not have the time. If you do, or are retired, it sounds like a great time for a worthy cause. If you want to enter, there’s a 20% discount on the group fundraising goal for a team of 5.


David Preston


About david

I am a 69 year old motorsports nut who lives in Bothell, Washington. After a 31 year career as an English teacher, I segued into a self-created job in the motorsports business. Now retired, I was involved in customer relations for Ride West BMW in Seattle, after almost 10 years of similar work for the Cycle Barn MotorSports Group. I have been married forever and have two grown children. I own, at the current time, a Triumph Bonneville T 120 , a Triumph Thruxton, a Fiat 500S and a VW Tiguan. What else would you like to know?
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