After chatting to some friends who had taken part in previous tours, we duly signed up for Tour 1, which was to take place in April/May 2015. We took part in a couple of fundraisers before the tour as this helped to raise much needed funds for the charity and also gave us the benefit of meeting some of those who would be going on tour with us.
We met up at Heathrow Airport ready to fly into Los Angeles and it wasn’t really hard to spot the excited faces of those who were joining us as we were all wearing BT4TW T-shirts. By the end of the flight we were all on first name terms.On arrival at Los Angeles, we boarded the Disco Bus to San Diego where we collected our Harley Davison Ultra Glides, which were to be our rides on the iconic Route 66.
Some members of the American Legion Riders joined us on route for a few days and they showed us around their respective areas. We were welcomed into their Legion Posts where we were made to feel very welcome, with some of our group even taking part in Karaoke!Not only did we see some fantastic scenery and visit some places a little off the beaten track, but also had the pleasure to meet some very interesting people including John Bacca who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honour
It would take far too long to name every place that we visited on the tour but there are some places that really stuck in our minds – Donkey Town (Oatman) and The Grand Canyon being just two of them. I rode with my pillion for the whole trip and it was a pleasure to get to know him and the other Wounded/Injured/Sick Service men and woman. Each had a story to tell and being a Veteran myself I could relate to them and their sense of humour – That’s not to say that you have to be a Veteran to do so!!
The trip went by far too quickly and it is true what you are told before you start the tour – when you get to Santa Monica Pier your heart sinks, as you know it is the last night. I met some inspirational people on the tour and hope to remain friends with them.
I wouldn’t hesitate to book another trip with the BT4TW team in the future.