Every two years, from the end of September to the 3rd of October, a miracle is performed when a group of mainly inexperienced motorcyclists are bought across Route 66 – 9 States in 9 Days – travelling over some of the most challenging roads in the USA.
This Challenge raises much needed funds for new equipment which is vital for the everyday lives of thousands of children attending Temple Street Children's Hospital each year.
I took a few snaps along the way: starting in Chicago, Illinois and finishing in Santa Monica, California.
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Collecting my 2018 Harley Davidson Electra-Glide from Eagle Rider.
Getting ready for police escort out of Chicago to start our journey.
Pontiac, Illinois – famous for its Route 66 wall Murals and Museums.
Stanton, Missouri – famous for the Jesse James hideout.
Catoosa, Oklahoma – famous Blue Whale landmark along Route 66.
Map of Route 66 in a museum in Clinton, Oklahoma.
Texas Stateline in Texola, a deserted village along Route 66.
Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas.
Go put graffiti on the cars while you are there!
Vega, Texas – home to 30,000 cattle ranch in the background.
Adrian, Texas – midway along the route, 1,139 miles done, 4 states crossed.
Tucumcari, New Mexico – another now near ghost town, decimated by the introduction of the i40 Interstate. Town made famous by Clint Eastwood’s film “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.
Loretto Church in Sante Fe, New Mexico – famous self-supporting spiral staircase.
Continental Divide, New Mexico – 7,275 feet above sea level. Quite difficult to breath here. When it rains here, rainfall falls east into the Atlantic and west into the Pacific.
Painted Desert in New Mexico.
Petrified Forest, where you find all the petrified wood.
Remembrance Garden of 911 victims in Winslow, Arizona.
Two steel beams from the World Trade Centre.
Remembering 911 victims.
Eagles’ famous song “Take it Easy” – “Well I was standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona” – remembered here.
Sedona, Arizona – a beautiful town.
Holy Cross Church in Sedona, Arizona.
Plaque at Holy Cross Church.
Hackberry Stores in the Mojave Desert.
Santa Monica Pier – End of the Trail. 2,730 miles covered.
Sunset at Santa Monica Pier – journey complete and everyone arrived in California safely.