During the week beginning April 27, the Smiths of Knoxville rode free of charge as “Angel Riders” as part of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America to raise money for chronically ill children. Metro Pulse talked to them the third day of the trek from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to Tempe, Ariz.
What is your favorite part of the ride so far?
Margie: Every time I get somewhere it’s my favorite part. I really like Coeur d‘Alene, Idaho and the beauty of it. It was really great coming through the mountains of Jackson Hole. I just like the people.
What kind of bike are you on?
Norman: We are on a two-tone red Harley Davidson Ultra Classic Limited 2013.
Who drives? Do you always ride together?
Margie: Norman drives and we always ride together. We usually do about 10-15,000 miles a year.
Do you remember your first bike?
Norman: Yes I do, it was a 1971 450 Honda Scrambler.
How’d you get interested in motorcycles—and when?
Norman: We used to go by Sears and look at the mopeds and I always wanted one, but never got one. My mom said, “When you get a job; you can buy your own motorcycle.” So in 1971, after I got a job, I bought the Honda.
What’s your favorite ride back home?
Our favorite ride in the Tennessee area is the Cherohala Skyway.
Do you remember your first ride together?
Norman: Margie, what was our first ride? It’s been so long ago, I don’t remember. [Joking] I don’t remember our ride from last week.
Margie: Our first ride together was probably in 1973, and he just took me around town. We got on I-75 for a little bit. I was scared to death, but I settled in after a few minutes—once I saw he was in control and wasn’t trying to trick ride or anything. After that I was hooked.
For more information about the Kyle Petty Charity Ride: facebook.com/KPCharityRide