According to the Ride For America Facebook page, 991 bikes left American Legion Post 233 for the 18th Annual Ride for America, Thunder in the Country. Funds raised by the event help support the Legacy Fund, a scholarship for children of the fallen. The ride is organized by the American Legion riders, headed up by Legion rider and co-founder of the event, Stan Mauldin. Riders leave and return to American Legion Post 233 in Loganville after a patriotic event in Madison. The pass through Monroe, Social Circle and Rutledge on the way to madison.
A bike was involved in a wreck on the ride to Madison on Highway 11 at Lipscomb Road between Monroe and Social Circle. However, authorities report that the injuries were only minor.
“The accident occurred during the freedom ride, no serious injuries,” said Capt. Jeff Allen with Walton County Fire Rescue.”WCFR units were actually participating in the procession so the response was pretty quick.”
Battalion Chief Craig League with WCFR said one of the passengers fell off.
“A rider had become sick during the ride, and fell off the bike. She was treated for minor/moderate injuries and transported by EMS,” League said. “We had a rescue truck following the riders and they stopped to render aid.”