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State Line, Pa., man has nothing but blue skies as he rides his motorcycle through 48 states

August 04, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Randy Ward of State Line, Pa., poses in front of Mount Rainier in Washington, one of his many stops on a motorcycle ride through all 48 states.
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STATE LINE, Pa. — Randy Ward had nothing but blue skies in front of him as he spent 26 days riding his motorcycle across the country.

Ward, of State Line, encountered less than 45 minutes of rain while riding 10,400 miles. He drove through each of the 48 continental United States.

“I’ve had this idea for about 30 years that sometime when everything fell into place, I’d leave and go to all 48 states at one time on a motorcycle,” Ward said.

As he rode, Ward checked not one thing, but two off his bucket list when he spotted a mountain lion. That was one surprise; another was the kindness of strangers.

“There are still nice people out there,” said Ward, a Warfordsburg, Pa., native who got his first motorcycle at age 14.

In Washington, a man spotted Ward’s Penn State baseball cap and started to talk to him about the college. The man paid for Ward’s restaurant bill.

In another instance, a family approached him and offered to take him to supper because they saw storm clouds on the horizon.

“There were things like that all along the way,” Ward said.

Ward’s friends, including Fulton County, Pa., resident Helen Overly, surprised him with more than $1,000 before he left for Maine. He used that money for gas.

A commercial truck driver, Ward had already been to each state on various trips. He used a paper map to plot most of the route.

“Every day was a new adventure. I never got bored,” he said. “I just enjoyed every mile of it.”

Ward said he would not change anything about the journey, which found him spending extra time in the Pacific Northwest because he greatly enjoys that region.

“I think other people should be a bit more adventurous,” he said.

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