Joe Sartori and Bob Trempe will be representing Team Paxton on this year’s America’s 9/11 ride. This is the largest police escorted motorcycle ride in the nation. Since 2003, this ride has remembered the heroes, volunteers, and victims who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
On the morning of August 19th, up to 2,000 motorcycles from across America and Canada will go from the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA, to the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, VA, and then on to New York City on the 20th. The ride ends with a procession from Times Square to the World Trade Center Memorial on the morning of Sunday the 21st.
The purpose of the ride is to support First Responders (EMS, Fire, and Police) and remember the events of September 11, 2001. The ride takes place in August to respect each site and the survivors, allowing them to mourn during September.
Proceeds from registration fees, sponsorships, and memorabilia go to support first responders and provide college scholarships for their children.
The logistics of a ride like this are impressive. In addition to the escorts and ride captains that keep things rolling, there are breakdown crews, “pumper crews” (to help fuel the motorcycles as gas stops), and restaurant sponsors who provide food and beverages for the riders along the way. In New York City, two blocks are reserved to park the motorcycles overnight, and security is provided.
Riding for Team Paxton is Joe Sartori, Paxton’s Director of Information Technology and Bob Trempe, our consultant on Government and Military Markets. Both have been avid motorcyclists since 2009. Joe rode the 318 turns on the 11 miles of the “Tail of the Dragon” at Deals Gap, NC on his Honda Gold Wing. Bob has toured from coast-to-coast following old Route 66 on his Harley-Davidson Road King.
Three years ago, Joe, Bob, and their motorcycles climbed Mount Washington in New Hampshire, the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi. Bill Paxton, COO met up with the boys at Paxton’s Springfield, VA headquarters before they journeyed up to the Shanksville starting point. Pictured from left to right are Bob Trempe, Bill Paxton, and Joe Sartori.
(Pictured from left to right, Bob Trempe, Bill Paxton, and Joe Sartori.)