Every year Harley Davidson does a Million Mile Monday. Launched in 2008, Million Mile Monday has been an annual event on the last Monday of June that brings thousands of Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders together in a collective effort to celebrate the motorcycle riding experience. Outside of having an excuse to take off work on this Monday and ride, nothing really comes from it. Fort Worth Harley Davidson has taken a step to incorporate this ride into part of their year long charity fund raising event.
For every mile that is ridden and logged by Fort Worth HOG members, our sponsoring dealership gives one penny to a local charity. This may not seem like a lot but when you compile all of the members miles over the course of a year it begins to add up. The miles don’t even have to be chapter event related. Just riding to work and back will count towards the charity donation at the end of the year. Over the last two years, Fort Worth HOG members rode over 2 million miles collectively each year, and for 2 consecutive years. We are the only chapter in the United States to have done this 2 years in a row. The dealership donated over 20 thousand dollars both years to a local charity. We are hoping to accomplish 2 million + miles again this year. Originally it started out as the Million Mile Challenge, now it has evolved into the 2 Million Mile Challenge for our chapter.
The end of June closes out and begins the miles accumulation. On Monday June 24 a nice sized group of riders from our chapter formed to put some miles in for a final push to reach the 2 million mile mark. Being a Monday most riders had to work, but some of us took the day off to ride. Others that are retired took advantage of the gathering to get another group ride in.
Monday started out at a nice 74 degrees but soon peaked at 95 degrees. We left the dealership at 9:30am and headed for the Glen Rose, TX area. Fort Worth Harley surprised everyone by buying our lunch in Glen Rose for which I am personally very appreciative. We arrived back at the dealership and recorded our miles at 2:30pm. It was a fantastic ride, 18 bikes were involved and we rode 167 miles.