Todays' the day
All the planning, all the preparation, all the support, all the help, all the dreaming, is about to
come to fruition, because today’s the day we ride into New York, Harleys Across America and
Hospice personality, Roger Clausen said this morning. His voice conveys a tinge of emotion.
Mr Clausen and four friends have been riding their Harleys for almost 50 days. They left
Vancouver Canada, on 30 July 2003, to attend the Harley Davidson 100th birthday bash in
Milwaukee. Almost daily, this group of intrepid Kiwis have been travelling on numerous
county roads, highways, freeways, through 16 States, on coast to coast ride, across America.
Mr Clausen achieves another dream today too. To raise $30,000 for his local Arohanui
Hospice in Palmerston North New Zealand. Much of this total has been realised through
community donations in his local Manawatu region. $4,000 dollars has been raised through
the generosity of Canadians and Americans whom Mr Clausen came in personal contact with.
Roger Clausen will leave Gardiner just outside New York for the two hour ride to the Big
Apple at 9.00am. The 120 minute journey will have the group at their hotel in Times Square
New York, well before noon. Terry McGruer of Palmerston North, Larry Robb of Wanganui
James Young & Mattie Wall of Auckland, are the riders & pillion passenger who are
accompanying him. A large group of 60 earlier left New Zealand with them on 27 July 2003.
Within hours of their arrival, Roger Clausen and his friends will meet with former New York
City Fire Commissioner, Thomas Von Essen, and Deputy Commissioner Tom Fitzpatrick. Soon
after they will be escorted to an audience with Mr Rudi Giuliani, the former New York City
Mayor. Just two weeks ago, Mr Giuliani was in New Zealand, to give a key note address at a
charity dinner in Auckland. His visit to New Zealand was highly acclaimed.
At the time of his departure from New Zealand, the speedometer on Roger Clausen’s Harley
was recorded at 10,000 kilometres. It is estimated that when the final registration is officially
read in New York’s Stuyvescent Park by New Zealand’s Consul General Jane Cunliffe, on
Tuesday, the total distance achieved will be nearly 12,000 kilometres. In the past week Mr
Clausen has recorded 4,400 kilometres. On Wednesday the bikes will be crated and railed to
Los Angeles, then loaded onto a container vessel, for the month long voyage to Auckland.
On Thursday Mr Clausen will represent the New Zealand Fire Service at the 911 second
anniversary commemorations in New York. Mr Clausen says he’s humbled by the enormous
generosity and support he’s received from people in Palmerston North, and throughout New
Zealand, in Canada, and across the United States. In fact everywhere, there has been
someone who’s had a close family link or other association with a Hospice in their community.
“My brother is looking after my farm; I have a family at home. There are presently many
mixed emotions in my realising these dreams today. It’s certainly been a great ride, across a
great country, for a great cause, the Arohanui Hospice, of which I am immensely proud to be
a Trustee,” he said.
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