Well, here we are, beginning of 2016, and half the continent is freezing and the other half is 75 degrees. Down here in the southern U.S., we are enjoying some amazing weather – and some bad rain – and I still haven’t put the bike up. Of course, looking at the weather, it appears that I may not be riding this weekend since it may actually get into the mid-forties, but I can’t complain.
The best part of this weird weather is that there is a young man doing a lot of good on a bike and he has trekked thousands of miles for a great cause. Adam Sandoval is an MMA fighter who is visiting every Harley dealership in the Lower 48 states. On a Harley. With a Chihuahua named Scooter riding with him. If I hadn’t seen it, I would’ve thought it was crazy.
Now, I have to say this, every now and again, I’ll see somebody riding with a dog. Not common, but not uncommon either. But these two have logged something like 50,000 miles together. Seeing a guy that looks like he just mopped the floor with five guys and a 7 pound dog peeking out of a bag on the luggage rack is a sight you won’t soon forget.
I caught up with Adam and Scooter at the Harley dealership in Greenville, South Carolina the other day, and it was great. The refreshing part is that Adam and Scooter are raising money for United States soldiers that have fallen in the service of their country. For a veteran, this would be a noble cause, but Adam is doing this precisely because he isn’t a vet – he’s proud to be able to give back to the men and women who make his freedom possible every day.
That is a truly noble thing, and I was proud to meet him and ride a couple of miles with him. As we go forward into 2016, let’s all see how we can give something back to our community and our countries. I know I don’t usually link to other sites in these blogs, but this was a really cool thing that this young man is doing, so for more information, check it out at Scootin America. Who knows, maybe it will give you guys a great idea. I mean, spending a year on a bike traveling is a pretty cool idea.