From Coast to Coast to Coast, the 2013 riding season appears to have finally arrived and the events calendars at are filled with hundreds and hundreds of great events to attend.

My home town of Redwater AB has the Ride for Hunger happening, my friends of the Alberta Lone Wolves are hosting Larry's Dream Ride - Larry AKA Loopy is dying of cancer and his wish was to ride with at least 1,000 other riders at least once in his life...I am attending the Heroes Highway Ride and Rally leaving from Whitby ON and heading to Trenton to pay tribute to our troops.

I would have loved to ride with Loopy but was already committed to the HHR when we got the news about Loopy's cancer. I pray there are well over 1,000 bikes that show up for this wonderful man.  Love you Loopy!!!!

The Heroes Highway Ride & Rally is the largest event of it's kind in Canada. It's a free ride meant to demonstrate our support of our troops and veterans and their families.

These people routinely put their lives on hold and on the line to defend the interests of our country and to protect others around the world who are not able to defend themselves, and their families sacrifice as much and sometimes more.

This year's HHR is being attended by Veterans advocate and SISIP class action hero Dennis Manuge who will be there supporting Medric Cousineau and Thai of Paws Fur Thoughts and the Long Walk to Sanity. You can buy the Long Walk to Sanity Dog Tags to support Medric's cause at the HHR - just look for the Mark Mullen/Belt Drive Betty/Paws Fur Thoughts Booth!

Artist Mark Mullen and his mom Kristina Toomey will be on hand with Mark's latest creation a portrait of Duck Dynasty's stars  Si and Phil (Below).  All the money raised from the tickets sold on this piece of art goes to Paws Fur Thoughts towards the purchase of a service dog. Draw happens during the Hillbilly Scavenger Hunt which will also be donating to Paws Fur Thought!

There will be families of fallen soldiers being honoured, silver cross moms that will be there to heal, to celebrate the lives of their children. The Portraits of Honour created by Dave Sopha will be there for you to see and pay tribute to the fallen of the Afghan mission. There will be military displays, guest speakers and all sorts of activities to take in.

Trapper Can of the C.A.V. will be in attendance and if you have never heard this man speak, you will be in for a treat!

Riders will be able to take in the Afghan Repatriation Memorial - meet our serving troops, meet some of our veterans and celebrate the lives and sacrifices made by the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces.  If you can attend - rain or shine - you will not be disappointed....even in the driving rain the military is out in full force showing their appreciation of our support - it is an utterly amazing experience that does so much for so many.

Please come out to the HHR and show our troops and veterans that we appreciate them and if you can't attend, you can support the HHR and the charities it supports by bidding here on the amazing Afghan you see below - the winning bidder pays the shipping...Bidding ends at midnight tonight Alberta Time.

Visit the HHR's Facebook Page for all of the meet up points to ride into Trenton under escort.

That's it from me for today - a ton to do to get ready to film and report from the HHR...
No matter which event, what cause or what destination you are riding to this weekend, please ride like everyone around you is blind and can not see you...

Be blessed and stay safe...

Belt Drive Betty
Editor & Rider.

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  1. Anonymous1:36 PM

    Sweet weekend ahead!!!!!!!!!!!