Every rider knows the kind of inner peace rolling down highways or bouncing across off-road tracks can bring. Motorcycle Relief Project (MRP) aims to let wounded warriors and struggling first responders experience that same feeling.
MRP, based in Evergreen, CO, organizes Relief Rides, five-day dual sport and adventure bike tours help military veterans and all first responders deal with PTSD or other invisible injuries. The Relief Rides take the participants to some of Colorado’s most scenic roads and thrilling (but moderate) off-road trails. When not in the saddle, they get to stay in comfy lodges, and—if they wish—learn simple techniques to get their minds off their troubles.
MRP has three different Relief Ride programs—the Veteran and First Responder tours, and the ladies-only Women’s Ride. For each of them, the organization arranges a lead and sweep rider, alongside a supply van. The tours aren’t about taking it to the limit or getting into anyone’s head, but simply having a good time on two wheels to relax and recover.
And the best thing about it all is that the tours are free. To reserve their spot, participants only have to pay a refundable $100 deposit that they get back at the end of the ride. MRP is funded completely through the generosity of their donors.
On top of the refundable deposit, participants only need a motorcycle permit, their own boots, and at least a year of riding experience. You don’t even need a bike—MRP has a fleet of 16 BMWs, including G 650 GS, F 650 GS, F 800 GS, and R 1200 GS models.
Born from the founder Tom Larson’s own trauma, MRP has helped many veterans forget their troubles and be one with the road. If you’d like to participate in a Relief Ride or donate to Motorcycle Relief Project, visit their website.