2018 AARP Ride

California to Nevada Dec 14-16 2018

The Road Warrior Foundation in conjunction with AARP Nevada are hosting an event to take two wounded veterans on an epic adventure riding Can Am Spyder Roadsters. The trip will take three days, spanning three states leaving from Escondido Cycle Center in San Diego, heading to see the sites of Las Vegas(The scenic way) and back again. This trip will be full of adventure therapy and a great chance for some outstanding heroes to get back out on the road:

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Dec 14 San Diego to Nevada:

Morning departure from Escondido Cycle Center, North on Old 395 to lunch on Big Bear Mountain, then on to a BBQ dinner in Las Vegas hosted by AARP Nevada from 1500-1800

Dec 15 Nevada Tour:

Road Warriors will depart for the hoover dam at 0800 arriving at 0930 for a ride up Lake Mead and back with a few side adventures to kick it up a notch!

Dec 16 Return to Base: 

Road Warriors will depart early morning for a scenic route back from Las Vegas with an expected arrival of 1700 at Escondido Cycle Center

THE TEAM: 

Lead Rider: 

Kendell Madden, Air Force Senior Airman, Retired

Hosted Riders: 

Jacque Keeslar, Army Sergeant First Class, Retired

Francisco Martinezcuello, Marines Captain, Retired

Support Vehicle/Backup Riders:

Rod Santulan, prior Air Force Captain 


The 2017 Road Warrior Ride

The Road Warrior Ride will be riding from beautiful Austin, TX, all the way over to historic Charleston, SC, from Oct. 22-28. Each day we will depart promptly at 0800 and plan to arrive at the following destination at 1700 with a whole lot of adventure therapy in between. The Daily Agenda will be posted shortly Route Details below:

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Complete Ride Info:

22 Oct 17 - Austin TX to Burkeville TX
(Sabine Offroad Park):

23 Oct 17 - Down Day for the Riders:(Sabine Offroad Park):

24 Oct 17 - Sabine TX to Greenville MS:

25 Oct 17 - Greenville MS to Birmingham AL:

26 Oct 17 - Birmingham AL to Pigeon Forge TN: 

27 Oct 17 - Pigeon Forge TN to Woodstock GA:

28 Oct 17 - Woodstock GA to Charleston SC: 


2017 Road Warrior Riders

Sgt. (R) Lito Santos

Sgt Santos joined the Army on Jan. 15th, 2003 and was injured in Sept. 2005 when multiple IEDs hit his vehicle. He suffered a left leg amputation along with TBI and PTSD. After his retirement he has volunteered with veteran non-profits helping younger veterans, finding himself and free-lancing as an Audio Engineer. He has two daughters, Keily and Gia.

Sgt Santos joined the Army on Jan. 15th, 2003 and was injured in Sept. 2005 when multiple IEDs hit his vehicle. He suffered a left leg amputation along with TBI and PTSD. After his retirement he has volunteered with veteran non-profits helping younger veterans, finding himself and free-lancing as an Audio Engineer. He has two daughters, Keily and Gia.

Lashawna Ervin

Most of her family member’s calls her Shawn or Shawnie. Shawn attended school at Washington High (NC) College: Trinity University Criminal Justice /Homeland Security and Clayton State Information Technology/ Network Security.  She then joined the Army fresh out of college in 2006 as a 68E/ Dental Specialist later an unit Armorer; serving in Camp Humphries Korea,  APG, Fort Meade And Walter Reed Washington DC including traveling the world playing basketball.  While on duty she broke her foot and needed reconstructive surgery after 2 and ½ years of the Army school was her best option. Shawnie is an active member in the sports community for the Semi Pro Atlanta Phoenix football team. 

Most of her family member’s calls her Shawn or Shawnie. Shawn attended school at Washington High (NC) College: Trinity University Criminal Justice /Homeland Security and Clayton State Information Technology/ Network Security.  She then joined the Army fresh out of college in 2006 as a 68E/ Dental Specialist later an unit Armorer; serving in Camp Humphries Korea,  APG, Fort Meade And Walter Reed Washington DC including traveling the world playing basketball.  While on duty she broke her foot and needed reconstructive surgery after 2 and ½ years of the Army school was her best option. Shawnie is an active member in the sports community for the Semi Pro Atlanta Phoenix football team. 

Bradley Thomas

Bradley joined the military, he knew he was in it for the long haul. So when an improvised explosive device (IED) put an end to his career, he said he was not quite ready for the transition to civilian life. Racked with the physical and emotional pain of a war he was not yet ready to stop fighting, Bradley found himself in a desolate place. But he said Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) was the hand that pulled him from the darkness and placed him on the road back to a life he could live on his own terms. Through his healing, he discovered he had not lost his ability to lead and inspire his brothers- and sisters-in-arms. Today, he continues to do so as a WWP staff member.

Bradley joined the military, he knew he was in it for the long haul. So when an improvised explosive device (IED) put an end to his career, he said he was not quite ready for the transition to civilian life. Racked with the physical and emotional pain of a war he was not yet ready to stop fighting, Bradley found himself in a desolate place. But he said Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) was the hand that pulled him from the darkness and placed him on the road back to a life he could live on his own terms. Through his healing, he discovered he had not lost his ability to lead and inspire his brothers- and sisters-in-arms. Today, he continues to do so as a WWP staff member.

Spc (R) Jeremy Young

Jeremy served in the Army as an Infantrymen and was deployed to Afghanistan in October 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In July 2012 he fell victim of Blue on Green attack when one of his Afghani counterparts opened fire on him and his comrades with a machinegun. He was shot a total of 13 times resulting in a single leg amputation, severe nerve damage in both arms rendering him incapable of walking with use of a walker and unable to utilize a wheel chair on his own. He also has lung issues from being shot and suffering collapsed lung. Jeremy is happily married and was recently presented with a Tank Chair by the Road Warrior Foundation.

Jeremy served in the Army as an Infantrymen and was deployed to Afghanistan in October 2011 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In July 2012 he fell victim of Blue on Green attack when one of his Afghani counterparts opened fire on him and his comrades with a machinegun. He was shot a total of 13 times resulting in a single leg amputation, severe nerve damage in both arms rendering him incapable of walking with use of a walker and unable to utilize a wheel chair on his own. He also has lung issues from being shot and suffering collapsed lung. Jeremy is happily married and was recently presented with a Tank Chair by the Road Warrior Foundation.

 

Michael Gudger

Michael is a proud husband and father of three beautiful kids that try their best to wear him out everyday!   Michael served proudly for 7 years as an enlisted aircrew member in the Air Force as a C-130 Aircraft Loadmaster.  During his time in service, Michael was able to complete four deployments for OIF and OEF operations earning five combat medals and one aerial combat support medal.  Michael has taken the stories he would tell my children prior to my deployments and published two books from them: "The Ultimate Story: Hello Dr. Noo-good" and "The Ultimate Story: The Wait”.  His ultimate goal is to one day be sitting on a beach drinking a beer, writing as a full time profession!

Michael is a proud husband and father of three beautiful kids that try their best to wear him out everyday!   Michael served proudly for 7 years as an enlisted aircrew member in the Air Force as a C-130 Aircraft Loadmaster.  During his time in service, Michael was able to complete four deployments for OIF and OEF operations earning five combat medals and one aerial combat support medal.  Michael has taken the stories he would tell my children prior to my deployments and published two books from them: "The Ultimate Story: Hello Dr. Noo-good" and "The Ultimate Story: The Wait”.  His ultimate goal is to one day be sitting on a beach drinking a beer, writing as a full time profession!

Duane McGhghy

Duane hails from Abilene, TX and joined the Army in 2005 shortly after high school. His initial assignment was with the 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kansas, his unit deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in January 2007.  As a light infantry unit, they were given an area in southern Baghdad; a town named Bayaa, to patrol during our deployment.  3 of his brothers were KIA within the first few months.  About 10 months into the tour, they were out on patrol on the way out of town headed back to the FOB, his vehicle was struck by an EFP.  Duane awoke to being drug out of the drivers seat.  He was loaded into another Humvee and brought to the hospital in the Green Zone.  On the way he looked down to see a tourniquet on his left leg and realized most of his boot was gone.  It was that point he became aware of what had happened, and pain overcame him.  Hespent just one night in Baghdad and was flown to Landstuhl, Germany.  After 2 days in Germany, he returned state side and was sent to Fort Sam Houston to undergo surgery for a below the knee amputation.  After 8 months of physical therapy and rehabilitation he was then medically retired by the army in 2008. 

Duane hails from Abilene, TX and joined the Army in 2005 shortly after high school. His initial assignment was with the 1st Infantry Division out of Fort Riley, Kansas, his unit deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in January 2007.  As a light infantry unit, they were given an area in southern Baghdad; a town named Bayaa, to patrol during our deployment.  3 of his brothers were KIA within the first few months.  About 10 months into the tour, they were out on patrol on the way out of town headed back to the FOB, his vehicle was struck by an EFP.  Duane awoke to being drug out of the drivers seat.  He was loaded into another Humvee and brought to the hospital in the Green Zone.  On the way he looked down to see a tourniquet on his left leg and realized most of his boot was gone.  It was that point he became aware of what had happened, and pain overcame him.  Hespent just one night in Baghdad and was flown to Landstuhl, Germany.  After 2 days in Germany, he returned state side and was sent to Fort Sam Houston to undergo surgery for a below the knee amputation.  After 8 months of physical therapy and rehabilitation he was then medically retired by the army in 2008. 

Sgt (R) Grady Bendel

Grady  served for a little over 4.5 years before being medically retired due to wounds received in direct combat. Grady joined in January 2009 as a 19D Cavalry Scout and while deployed in October 2009 he was struck by and improvised explosive device. Grady underwent an extensive 5 year limb salvage operation, and in April 2015 his right leg, below knee was amputated. Grady also have lower spinal nerve damage from my tailbone being removed from injury as well as other lasting injuries. Grady is a happily married man with 2 daughters, Jaiden 11 and Madison 6.

Grady  served for a little over 4.5 years before being medically retired due to wounds received in direct combat. Grady joined in January 2009 as a 19D Cavalry Scout and while deployed in October 2009 he was struck by and improvised explosive device. Grady underwent an extensive 5 year limb salvage operation, and in April 2015 his right leg, below knee was amputated. Grady also have lower spinal nerve damage from my tailbone being removed from injury as well as other lasting injuries. Grady is a happily married man with 2 daughters, Jaiden 11 and Madison 6.

Jessy Baxley

Jessy is currently a member of the U.S. Army Reserve and has been enlisted for 12 years. During her last deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan she received her Combat Action Badge suffering injuries. After returning home Jessy began to experience PTSD and other symptoms related to her deployment. As a reservist she has a full time civilian job working as a paramedic and as a patient care tech working with special needs children. She find comfort in riding motorcycles, paddle boarding, and fishing.

Jessy is currently a member of the U.S. Army Reserve and has been enlisted for 12 years. During her last deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan she received her Combat Action Badge suffering injuries. After returning home Jessy began to experience PTSD and other symptoms related to her deployment. As a reservist she has a full time civilian job working as a paramedic and as a patient care tech working with special needs children. She find comfort in riding motorcycles, paddle boarding, and fishing.