As many of you know, Joanne and I recently finished the Run for the Wall and Rolling Thunder. When I decided to do this, I thought it was probably just another motorcycle ride, only with a lot more riders. Was I ever wrong. If you think this country is going to hell in a handbasket, I have news for you. IT IS NOT. The outpouring of community support for our ride across the width and breadth of our great nation was awesome and riding into small towns with the population often standing shoulder-to-shoulder waving flags and welcoming us into their communities brought tears to many an eye. The people of our country truly love it and show it in many different ways every day. One example was one of the chase trucks broke down on the southern route through Texas. A community, its school, and a local Ford dealer stepped forward and offered to fix the truck free of charge. And, when it was discovered that the truck would not be repaired for a few days, the dealer gave the driver a Ford dually diesel pickup with 100 miles on it to use and simply told him to return it on his way back to the west coast and pick his truck up. I am not only proud to be an American, but I have now completed what was probably one of the most powerful events of my life.
***Mark Dostal of Salem, Oregon, graduated from North Tama High School and is the son of Lillian Dostal and the late Fred D. of Clutier. He is a retired veteran after a 23.5 year career in the U.S. Navy.