K99 Radio’s Charley Barnes is going to ride his Harley-Davidson 10,000 miles in 10 days to raise funds for Honor Flight. Barnes will ride coast-to-coast starting June 4 and then from the Canadian border to the Mexican border and will return to northern Colorado on June 14.
Every year since 2008, the Honor Flight program has been taking World War II veterans to Washington in order to see the World War II memorial erected in their honor in 2005. The next honor flight will be May 4.
The program, funded by the Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County, takes donations.
Barnes is taking pledges and hopes to raise $50,000 for 50 veterans.
He isn’t worried about the long trip, which would be a strenuous one for anybody. To reach his goal, he will have to travel 1,000 miles a day. Barnes plans to stop as needed and get about four to five hours of sleep each day. He is taking a tent and sleeping bag with him. But he isn’t worried about falling asleep while riding.
“I’ve done enough of these rides and I didn’t get here by being lucky,” said Barnes. “I know that when you gotta stop, you gotta stop.”
When asked why he is putting himself through something so strenuous, he just said he wants to help out the veterans.
“It’s a way to give back to my community,” said Barnes.
Those who would like to donate can get in contact with Barnes through the Honor Flight Northern Colorado Endurance Ride Facebook page.