Rally Around the World – Day 1

Rally Kids Adrianna & Amelia

As we arrived in Clarksville, Mid-South Motoplex served hot dogs on the grill along with iced, cold drinks as Molli provided the musical entertainment It was emotional when Adrianna so eloquently addressed the Clarksville group with thanks and her desire to conquer this terrible disease – she is such and inspiration and a beautiful young woman…have had her sweet smile on mind this entire day as we made our way to St Louis.  Folks…this is what Rally is all about! Chuck,

Dave, Rick, Keith, JR & Stark continued on the ride after Clarksville with Chuck & Dave stopping at Metropolis and the rest of us riding onto St. Louis for the night – have to beleive some gambling was on the agenda for the evening for a couple of the riders.

Ended the ride with a great meal prepared by Paul & Lilly Telker – bar-b-que ribs, corn on the cobb, sweet potatoes and broiled tomatoes topped off with some Kentucky bourbon.  Had a great time on their deck with some great conversation and welcomed the opportunity to stay with them in their home for the evening – just can’t beat their MO hospitality.

If you would like to make a donation to give all kids diagnosed with cancer a better chance at living the full life they deserve, please visit Rally Foundation & Rally Around the World or Text “RALLY” to 85944 to give $10 to WIN the fight against childhood cancer. Send this message to 10 of your friends…Be a RALLY 10 to WIN!

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Rally Around the World Launch Eve Party

Shanon, Brad & Elaine – Cool Springs Powersports

Wow!…what an incredible launch party for Rally Around the World hosted by Cool Springs Powersports!  Sixty family & friends joined us for a great time on the eve of of my around the world ride supporting Rally Foundation.  Wine & beer was provided by Constellation Brands including Blackstone Wines, fabulous hors d’oeuvres, desserts by Nothing Bundt Cakes, music by Brynn Marie and her band and a special thanks to Jim Osborn and Chris Holbrook at Cool Springs Powersports for hosting the event and providing all the door prizes.

Melissa Smith managed donations and any pre-registrations for the first-leg ride on Saturday and Chris Brooks and Elaine Kay drew names for door prizes.  Missed you Jenni Rodgers – you would’ve been quite proud of how well the event went!

If you would like to make a donation to give all kids diagnosed with cancer a better chance at living the full life they deserve, please visit Rally Foundation & Rally Around the World or Text “RALLY” to 85944 to give $10 to WIN the fight against childhood cancer. Send this message to 10 of your friends…Be a RALLY 10 to WIN!

Rally Around the World in Just 3 Days

Down to just 3 days before I head out on this 14,000 mile ride around the world supporting Rally Foundation and all the great things they do to fight childhood cancer.  The rally begins Friday evening, July 27 with a kick-off party at Cool Springs Powersports in Franklin from 7pm to 9:30pm with food, drinks, music and a good time.  On Saturday morning, July 28 the Rally Around the World First-leg Ride starts with registration from 9am – 10:30am at Cool Springs Powersports and the ride leaving for Mid-South Motoplex in Clarksville – about a 60 mile ride.  From there I’ll head out for my first stop in St. Louis staying with Paul & Lilly Telker with T-Plex Industries – an NDC vendor partner that has been so gracious in allowing me to stay the night in their home!

Natalie Martin continues to be a huge supporter of my event by most recently creating the sponsorship decals for the bike along with all my sponsorship embroidered patches for my riding jacket.  Melissa Smith jumped in this week and has been booking hotels along my route and providing me with up to the minute details  – she’s terrific at scheduling and managing any event and especially keeping me on task.

Received my shipping packet today from Motorcycle Express – these folks arranged the shipment of my bike from London to Montreal along with my bike insurance GREEN CARD for travels in Europe.  Also, the last 2 weeks I’ve been working closely with Wendy Choi in Seoul, Korea to arrange customs clearance for the bike arriving in Inchon along with scheduling the bike to be trucked from Inchon to Dong Hae where I’ll be catching a ferry up to Vladivostok, Russia.  Rindy Veatch with DHL in Anchorage did an amazing job working with Polar Air Cargo and scheduling the bike shipment from Anchorage to Inchon – just a lot of great people making this event possible!

If you would like to make a donation to give all kids diagnosed with cancer a better chance at living the full life they deserve, please visit Rally Foundation & Rally Around the World or Text “RALLY” to 85944 to give $10 to WIN the fight against childhood cancer. Send this message to 10 of your friends…Be a RALLY 10 to WIN!

Final Service on the V-Strom!

Ray Davie – cycle tech extraordinaire

Just 14 days until Rally Around the World begins – can hardly believe the launch date is so near!!  Cool Springs Powersports in Franklin performed the final service on the bike to include tires, fluids and a final inspection of all systems.  Ray is a huge source of cycle knowlege with over 30 years of experience servcing & repairing Japanese bikes.  He’s an avid rider and was even the top dirt-track rider in Illinois.  I asked him if there was any one thing I should take on my trip, he reached for the PJ1 Black Label chain lube – a daily must at the end of a long day!  Tire pressure is also critical and he even recommended running 36 pounds in the front tire instead of 33 on the V-Strom…will continue to keep the rear tire at 41 pounds. He went over all the tricks to removing the fuel tank, replacing spark plugs, air cleaner and sevicing all the fluids while on the road…one great tip was placing a wrench between the chain and rear sprocket and rolling wheel forward to seat the axle tightly against the adjustment stops before final torquing assuring proper alignment.

Thanks you Cool Springs Powersports and Chris Holbrook for arranging the final service and expecially all the folks in the service department:  Roland, Kate and Ray!

If you would like to make a donation to give all kids diagnosed with cancer a better chance at living the full life they deserve, please visit Rally Foundation & Rally Around the World or Text “RALLY” to 85944 to give $10 to WIN the fight against childhood cancer. Send this message to 10 of your friends…Be a RALLY 10 to WIN!

Rally Around the World First Leg Ride – Saturday, July 28

Rally Around the World Kick-off Event launches on Saturday, July 28 with a first-leg charity ride from Nashville to Clarksville, TN honoring Rally Kids Isabel & Adrianna – childhood cancer fighters.  The ride will conclude with an event hosted by Mid-South Motoplex ihn Clarksville, featuring music, raffle, food and drinks.

Registration begins at Cool Springs Powersports in Franklin TN at 9am – 10:30am…$20 donation for Single Rider & $25 for Double.  Ride departs from Cool Springs Powersports at 10:30am arriving at Mid-South Motoplex around noon.

Cool Springs Powersports is located at 1096-1124 West McEwen Drive, Franklin, TN  37067 and Mid-South Motoplex is at 730 Economy Drive, Clarksville TN  37043.

The event will mark the first-leg of Rally Around the World – an around-the-world motorcycle ride to benefit Rally Foundation.

If you would like to make a donation to give all kids diagnosed with cancer a better chance at living the full life they deserve, please visit Rally Foundation & Rally Around the World or Text “RALLY” to 85944 to give $10 to WIN the fight against childhood cancer. Send this message to 10 of your friends…Be a RALLY 10 to WIN!