Rat Bike Milo goes to Washington DC again!

Yes folks, this will be the 6th year in a row that My rat bike Shovelhead will take me from coast to coast. This year I have the pleasure of having my wife, Joni, join us on the NVAR ride. This will be Joni’s 3rd time to make the ride. Her first time was on her 2003 Heritage Softtail. This time she will be on her 2008 Roadglide. Stay tuned for more as it happens! We leave Tuesday May 17th for the ride down to Sacramento Calif, to meet the many other groups that have already been on the road from all over the nation, these past few days. The NVAR ride starts on Wednesday the 18th for our 10 day adventure to Washington DC. We will stop at VA Medical centers and Veteran homes all along the way. It is a structured ride, as we have a schedule of what, when, where etc….www.nvar.us has our schedule of stops and exactly where we will be and when. Please feel free to join us for a visit or to ride with us for a mile, a day, or however long you can!

As we pull in to a VA establishment with anywhere between 50 and 150+ bikes, Veterans are usually outside waiting for us in wheelchairs or however they can get around, to welcome us to their home. For the ones who can’t get outside, we go inside and go room to room and visit them as well. The smiles that light up their faces, (and ours too), just because we are there to listen to some of their stories, give our mission tremendous emotional meaning. It is truly a joyful pleasure to be able to do what we do. As for me personally, it warms my heart to know how much good we do, and get to ride from coast to coast and bring smiles to people who sometimes don’t have very much to smile about. I spoke to one veteran last year and he told me he has been in the VA home for 9 years and his family has not even come by one time to visit him, and they live in the same town!

My heart keeps pulling me back year after year to take part in this great ride. I hope that when you are touring my site, that you get the same sense of enjoyment that I do when I’m on the road.

Daily posts will follow as we get started…….

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9 Responses to Rat Bike Milo goes to Washington DC again!

  1. Keith Hoops says:

    I look forward to following your adventures across the United States. Say hello to my father Terry from Ohio, I think you know him. I will be meeting up with you all in Michigan City. Have a safe trip.

  2. Dave Eastman says:

    looking forward to seeing you in Nebraska for our 5th annual support ride on 21st my brothers are going to North Platte and I will be in Kearney Nebraska to join up with you all planning on riding to Iowa with you guys and gals on Sunday have a safe trip. See ya soon

  3. Patrick Martindale says:

    Have a safe trip everyone. Glad that your wife gets to go this year. I will be meeting you all this year in Des Moines, IA and am actually able to go all the way to D.C. with you. Doc (Don Rohde) will be here and joining up in Des Moines as well. We can’t wait to see you all. Safe travels.

  4. Don(Doc)Rohde aka: Spanky says:

    Hello Milo ! Looking forward to tieing up w/ yall in Des Moines. I’ll be going on to DC Tell Terry Hoops I said hi and am looking forward to seeing him. I just moved back from Brookville and am looking forward to seeing the people that want to see me. Ride safe my Brothers !

  5. Oz from England says:

    Hey buddy I happen to be in Philly on business so wish I could stay to see you again but back home on Friday… Ride Safe keep the GRIMY side up…!

    Love Oz

  6. Dawn Gay says:

    Milo it was a pleasure to meet you at the Cheyenne VAMC today – I enjoyed meeting fellow Marines and hearing your stories about your bike. Glad you received alittle something to add to your collection (The green arm band). Tell the Master Guns Sgt Dawn Gay says Semper Fidelis – Ride Safe and I’ll tryl to follow your trip.

  7. Jan Seahorn says:


    So nice to see you and the group arrive safely in Cheyenne. We were pretty concerned given the kind of weather this area has been experiencing the last few days. It was wonderful to finally meet Joni. What a courageous lady with her own special story. Thank you again for all you do for the minds, hearts, and spirits of vets. You and your “GARBAGE” bike make a difference.

  8. craig scheer says:

    You guys Rock I enjoy read about the trip and wish you all a super time. Hope to do this ride in the up coming trip.Love you guys Craig/Tile by the mile

  9. Rick&Penny Osborn Sutherlin,Or says:

    Milo and Joni we are following your adventures with the group and are enjoying it alot. What you and your fellow bikers are doing is very awesome and means alot to many people ,thankyou! Have a safe ride!

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