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  • Paying it forward...........

    Not really sure when this started, and guess it was a few years after I had been out riding, but from time to time I have the pleasure of being asked to help someone with a disability on how they too can begin to, or return to enjoying something that they loved or want to try. As I have learned more about this bike/trike, and expanded on my knowledge of accommodations, it has been a blast to share that. On many occasions I would get PM's, emails and the like from many different individuals. I clearly remember the day when I first had my buddy Bob toss me the keys to the Goldwing he has sitting in his garage.

    Recently I got word that a Marine who had lost both his legs above the knee from and IED while serving in Iraq was inteested in getting back onto a bike. My information was passed along and I found out that he lived in Mobile, AL. We spoke over the phone and I told him that I was down in Florida, but was getting ready to head to a Trike gathering in Nashville and what was a little detour to allow him the chance to give this big girl of mine a go. So, updated the route and while it was HOT having the GPS take me straight through town, I found my way over to where we agreed to meet and had the chance to put a handshake on this true American Hero.





    How many of you guys think you can throw you leg over the saddle like this. LOL



    There is no question that I am a better man for having the chance to meet this Marine and spend some time helping him out with this quest to get back onto riding. A detour well worth the miles and smiles.








    __________________________________________________ __________

    Why sweat the leg thing when I can still ride a Goldwing
    Member of the Hann-Amigo Trio

  • #2
    Awesome. Thanks for sharing!
    2008 Red GW1800 -- NRA Life Member - American Legion PUFL, American Legion Riders
    USMC 21 YRS/9 MO and when dead, a dead Marine.
    US Four Corner Ride https://clayusmcret.blogspot.com/
    2014 Mid-States Ride https://mid-states.blogspot.com/
    2015 NC to UT/NV Ride https://2015nvride.blogspot.com/

    50th State ridden on 19 Aug, 2016 DS #1584

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    • #3
      Good on ya Wheels, good on ya!
      Richard
      Darksider #390
      Murgie's FAQ

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      • #4
        Maybe one day if I'm lucky I'll get to shake hands with you or the Marine....If either one of you is north central Fl, just drop me a shout, I check every weekday.
        Darkside #1527, Double Dark

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        • #5
          Great story. I hope he finds the love of riding again.
          2007 dark blue Navi
          Traxxion "Mega Monty"
          IBA 54656

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          • #6
            Truly inspiring, Wheels. The human spirit is a great thing!

            The next time you are in Wisconsin, lunch is on me.
            Ron
            2002 GL1800A Darksider #1312
            Experience is the hardest teacher because she gives the test first,
            and the lesson afterward ~ Vernon Sanders Law

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            • #7
              Wheels,

              I've not had the privilege of meeting you but I've read many of your posts on these Goldwing boards for a while. I've always admired you for not letting anything stop you from doing one of the things you love-riding. This story really touched me so I just had to at least say hi and tell you I think you are a great man. I hope to see you somewhere down the road, maybe that true American hero as well. God bless you.

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              • #8
                As always, glad to call you a friend. Knowing what that young man went through, and what it meant for him for you to do that - brings me to tears. Bravo Zulu to you Jim.

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                • #9
                  I want to thank you for taking the time to do that for him that was great, and to thank him for his service.

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                  • #10
                    One of the best things I read all year!

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                    • #11
                      Jim,aka Wheels, Gail and I are so proud to have met you and Nancy.
                      The 2 of you have the biggest hearts of any one we know.
                      Only wish we lived closer so we could ride and do things with you.
                      T.A. Jens
                      The Pizza Man
                      1800 06 White Champion Trike
                      2005 Bunkhouse Camper
                      2006 Breeze Cargo Trailer
                      GWRRA Life Member

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                      • #12
                        You are a good man...

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                        • #13
                          WOW!! What Murgie said!!
                          Birds of a feather flock together

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                          • #14
                            Way to go WHEELS...Once again you shine through...Glad you didn't take him on a dirt bike...

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                            • #15
                              Hey Wheels,
                              Another selfless act of kindness and sharing.
                              So proud to say I know you and am able to call you friend
                              You never cease to amaze me.
                              Hope to see you soon.

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                              • #16
                                I know that guy.

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                                • #17
                                  You are one hell of a guy sir!

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                                  • #18
                                    Kool. Now the young fellow knows about more options he has if he decides to hop back on a motorcycle
                                    2013 Red Airbag 1800

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                                    • #19
                                      If only more people knew how rewarding it is to unselfishly help out another human being! What a wonderful world this would be! Thanks Wheels for showing how easy and rewarding it is!

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                                      • #20
                                        That was Great Wheels...Semper Fi to the leatherneck...

                                        John
                                        John - Richmond 2013 GL1800, Level 3

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