Friday, July 1, 2011 - Saturday, July 30, 2011

This past winter, Ron Angert (VBMWMO #6949) had an idea, to ride his 1968 R60/2 across the country from his house in western Virginia to visit friends who are expecting a child in July. By mid January, the idea had turned into a plan, to ride out along the route that Robert Pirsig took in his book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, which runs from St. Paul, MN to San Francisco, CA. His return, coast to coast, will be via US-50, which Nevada marks as The Loneliest Highway.

In March, he added to this plan: use the long ride to raise money for the families of veterans living with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). He decided to try to raise $1/mile for this over-7,000 mile sojourn. By the beginning of June, he had found the right mechanism for handling the charity aspect, via Not Alone, an organization that helps veterans and their families struggling with PTSD and combat stress.

You can follow along at Ron's blog site, which he promises to keep up to date as he travels. He hopes to leave from St. Paul on July 3rd. The last day of the trip is planned to be July 30th. Ron says: "One thing I will say is that if you'd like to join me on the last day of the ZAMM2011 ride, it is planned for Saturday, July 30 from Winchester, Virginia to Ocean City, Maryland. That ride goes right through Washington DC (US-50 is New York Ave) so let me know and you can join us at any point along the route. I will have a map on-line as the day approaches and we can tweet our progress for you bird lovers out there! You don't have to be on a motorcycle, just come and join the fun."

We think Ron is going to have a lot of fun along the way!