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Homes for Our Troops Motorcycle Escort and Key Ceremony - St. Augustine

  • Jul 25, 2014 · 2:00 PM
  • Star's House

Riders, the Veterans Charity “Home for our Troops” has completed another uniquely designed and adapted home for a wounded veteran, LCpl Brandon Long. The home is located in St. Augustine, so this will be an overnighter.  We have done many of these motorcycle escorts and Key Ceremonies before and they always choke me up and make me proud to be an American and a Biker.  We invite you to ride with us to St. Augustine, stay overnight, and participate in the escort and ceremonies for LCpl Long.

Plan is to depart the Tampa area around 2:00 p.m. and take a route over to St. Augustine to make it there before dark. We will take Hwy 301 north to Hwy 50, go east on Hwy 50 to Hwy 19. Then Hwy 19 north to Hwy 40, Hwy 40 further east to Hwy 11. Continue on Hwy 11 to Hwy 1  (ole Dixie HWY) to St. Augustine.  We plan on arriving at the KOA around 6:00 p.m., where we will check in and ride over to Harry’s restaurant for dinner.  We are booked at the St. Augustine KOA, we have a one room cabin with electricity and A/C; rate is $58 per night.  I encourage an early booking for this campsite!  Hotel reservations will be high due to a highly popular 5K Run happening that Saturday.

On Saturday, July 26th, we will go to breakfast and depart for the escort no later than 9:30 a.m. We will ride to the escort meet up point (escort is managed by the Patriot Guard, still waiting on them to decide on the starting location). We will meet LCpl Long at 10:00 am and depart at 10:30 a.m. to provide the motorcycle escort for him. Once at his new home location, we will participate in the Key Ceremony, after the Ceremony we will tour the new home and have refreshments & beverages, and help with breakdown of the tent, tables and chairs. We will plan on departing that location at around 1:00 p.m., where the rest of the day is free for us to explore and enjoy St. Augustine.  At 6:00 p.m., we plan on heading over to the Raintree Restaurant for dinner, and then sign up for a Ghost tour.

Sunday, we will have breakfast and then depart the KOA around 10:30 a.m., and head southwest to Green Cove Springs to the Military Museum of North Florida (1 Bunker Ave. & State Rd. 16 East, Green Cove Springs) / http://www.militarymuseumofnorthflorida.com/.  Once we see the museum, we will head south on HWY 17 to HWY 20 to Palatka. From there we will take HWY 19 south to HWY 314 (Salt Springs HWY) and follow it HWY 35 (Baseline Rd). We will follow HWY 35 south to Belleview where will connect to HWY 301; and follow HWY 301 south to Tampa. Plan is to be in Tampa around 4:00 p.m.

 

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  • Star

    We had a great time. It was wonderful to see everyone.

    July 27, 2014

  • Kyle

    Had a Great time with y'all. Unfortunately had to go back home. Hope you guys have a great time at the museum! Until next time!

    July 27, 2014

    • Kyle

      *for work

      1 · July 27, 2014

  • Kyle

    Dining behind currently on US 19

    July 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      OK, cool! We are finishing up breakfast and heading to meet up point. That is at 10a so you might miss meet up, but we can always meet after.

      July 26, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Or just come to the key ceremony if miss escort.

      July 26, 2014

  • Kyle

    Where is a good place to meet you guys Saturday morning?

    July 25, 2014

    • Kyle

      Okay, do you happen to have any Patriotic Rider Shirts left?

      July 25, 2014

    • Star

      We will be eating breakfast by 0800 hrs at a diner on hwy 1. Call me if uou fo make it. [masked]

      July 26, 2014

  • Kyle

    Won't be able make it until Saturday. I will be there either late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

    July 22, 2014

    • Star

      Okay, look forward to seeing you.

      July 22, 2014

  • Star

    Just to let those thinking about going on this ride, but the lodging cost may be to much. We do have a set of bunk beds in our cabin that are available for "racking out at no cost to you - (Hint Opie)! Grumpy

    July 19, 2014

    • Jim C.

      I have reserved a cabin, if that is a factor...

      1 · July 21, 2014

    • Star

      Glad you are going to be there my friend, thanks for coming along. Grumpy

      July 22, 2014

  • alan m.

    working at that time. ride safe

    July 20, 2014

  • Jack B.

    I MAY have my bike back by friday but no guarantees. Have a good ride

    July 19, 2014

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