Veterans Charity Ride stops at Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) –Veterans Charity Ride traveled to Grand Junction around 10:30 a.m. this morning to visit local veterans.

The ride began July 28 in Moab, Utah.

This year, 16 veterans are riding from Moab, Utah to Sturgis, South Dakota, participating in a form of therapy, mototherapy.

“Mototherapy is that phenomenon that happens when you’re on your motorcycle driving your machine,” said founder Dave Frey. “In the moment. In the present tense. All of your other issues and problems are dissipating and moving out of your space.

Frey started the ride after talking with young veterans as he rode a solo motorcycle ride. They talked about the issues facing young veterans. He said he knew this event could benefit more than just himself.

“I was born in a motorcycle shop practically,” Frey said. It’s been my family business for over 40 years, so I’m used to motor therapy. I took it for granted. I thought damn it if I could bring this to other veterans that might help them through some of these issues.

Throughout the 14-day journey, veterans will conduct team-building exercises allowing riders to share their service experience during the emotional and detoxifying motorcycle ride.

“That’s when the guard drops a bit,” Frey said. “That’s when trust and camaraderie comes back to a veteran who has been missing since he, or she, or we separated from the military.”

It is this camaraderie that keeps bringing veterans back to participate and some become mentors to fellow veterans.

“Racing really means a lot to me,” said veteran Jared Thomas. “This is the fourth year I’ve been back.”

“I was honored to be asked to be road captain this year,” said veteran Jared Thomas. “You come back as a mentor and you see the change that’s happened with you, but now you’re helping that change. You’re helping your siblings through all those things that I worked on a few years ago .

The group will also make a stop in Fort Collins. He will receive an official proclamation before arriving in South Dakota on August 6.

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