Jorge Morena arrived at the Doubletree Hilton in Oklahoma City on a motorcycle with a missing windshield and a dangling indicator.
Apart from some contusions, he was okay, but the cow that hit the engine did not go that well.
The crash took place in Nicaragua when Morena and other Harley-Davidson riders were on their way to the US from South America, joining hundreds of cyclists who drove to Milwaukee for the 115-year anniversary of Harley.
The cow broke loose from his herd. Morena saw it coming and did not try to hit it, but he ended up sideways from the bike.
"The engine protected him in this life, but the cow died," said William "Willy B" Bolivar, general manager of the Harley-Davidson dealer in Medellin, Colombia.
"The bike is pretty good under the circumstances," said Bolivar.
Morena left Colombia on August 6 and led five riders to cross over 9,000 miles in 20 days through Colombia, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico and the border with the United States to Laredo, Texas.
In Honduras the group has surpassed a gang with smaller, slower bikes.
Bolivar and his wife, Natasha Lara de Bolivar, flew from Colombia to Oklahoma City, where they joined the group of Harley riders who left for Milwaukee from San Diego, California.
They coordinated a group of 44 Colombians who made the trip from Oklahoma City or South Florida.
On Friday, the Bolivars took a ride on Route 66 and stopped at the Touch the Clouds monument in Edmond, Oklahoma.
"That's how we feel when we drive a Harley – as if we can touch the clouds," Bolivar said.
He is one of approximately 65 Harley-Davidson international dealers who have been invited to participate in the Ride Home to Milwaukee as a reward for the performance of dealerships.
Most will drive one of the four new 2019 Harleys.
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On Friday night there was a ride-kickoff at Harley-Davidson World in Oklahoma City. Bikers are from Brazil, India, New Zealand, China, Japan, Germany and other countries.
For the celebration of the 115-year anniversary on 29 August in Milwaukee, Harley-Davidson organized four organized group rides to Milwaukee from the "four corners" of the US: Seattle; San Diego; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Portland, Maine.
Some people make the whole trip to Milwaukee, others will do part of it based on their interest or other commitments.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the USA TODAY Network have a journalist in each of the attractions.
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During the ride from Portland, Maine, you may not notice anything else from Jim Budzinski, 61, from Dover, Pennslyvania.
He rides his tricked-out 2017 custom Harley trike so effortlessly that he looks like every other rider on a three-wheeled motorcycle.
Jim Budzinski, 61, from Dover, Pennsylvania, with his 2017 modified Harley-Davidson Freewheeler at 1st Capital Harley Davidson in York, Pennsylvania, on Friday. Budzinski lost his arm in 2012 and adapted his motorcycle to keep driving. He will depart Wednesday to Milwaukee to celebrate Harley-Davidson 115. (Photo: Mandi Wright / Detroit Free Press)
But the point is that he only has one arm. He lost the other in a motorcycle accident in 2012.
The accident was so serious that doctors had to amputate what was left of his right arm. They could not confirm a prosthesis.
As a lifelong driver, Budzinski refused to be stopped by the sport that gave him so much joy.
"I still hunt and fish, but I prefer to drive," he said.
Two mechanics at a Harley dealer designed a way that he could ride his tricycle with his left arm.
The bike now has control buttons on the left side.
Budzinski drove back within a year after his almost fatal accident.
During the trek from Florida, USA Today Network reporter and rider Joe Sneve reports that the theme is still being heated.
While a group of cyclists starting their journey from Tampa decided to take the scenic route to Gainesville, Florida, most opted for a shorter ride.
"Heat played a role and gas played a role," said Mike Taveras, 32, from Queens, New York, who took the shortened morning ride.
His Harley Sportster only has a 3 gallon fuel tank.
"I just did not see the point" of pushing the limit, he said.
On the north-west route from Seattle, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, photojournalist Mark Hoffman, spent the day with a large group of bikers in South Dakota touring Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Memorial and the Needles Highway.
Going through Custer State Park, the group had to stop for sheep, goats and deer on the side of the road, because you could not see if one of them would jump for a moving bike.
The landscape was breathtaking.
"Every turn is a dropper," said Craig Jacobson, a retired police officer from Washington.
"Every time you go around a corner, you look from left to right, and there is always a surprise, from animals to the terrain, to the different scents and aromas during your ride," he added. toe.
Some riders get a bit of antsy.
"The highlight was driving and the landscape." Stopping is not my thing, I love driving, "said Jay Coy of Spokane, Washington.
Still, some riders can not take anything but downtime.
Hoffman has just spent $ 307.95 for a rear tire for his BMW motorcycle after a metal screw destroyed his previous tire in Montana.
"Many people think motorcycles are a lot cheaper to use than cars, but while I was standing in the parking lot at the Harley-Davidson dealer in Billings, there was a lot of craziness that HD actually meant for & # 39; Hundreds of dollars & # 39; stood because it looks like everything on a motorcycle is more expensive, "Hoffman said.
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