GREEN BAY - On Saturday, Ben Buehler and Kevin Platkowski will depart from Julie's Café on Velp Avenue on their motorcycles.
"Tomorrow morning, when we actually sit in the seat and turn the throttle, at that point, we'll get some ease, some ease of mind that, okay we're underway, and then I think I'll feel really good about it,” said Kevin Platkowski of Green Bay.
The bikes are tuned up, they've got new tires, and the riders are nearly packed up for a 10,500 mile journey.
It's all to raise awareness and money for the Freedom House homeless shelter in Green Bay.
"They're a great organization. There's such a great need in the community that I didn't even realize, like, even when we started talking to the Freedom House about it,” said Ben Buehler of Dykesville.
The quest is called 4 Corners 4 Freedom House and takes the pair to the four farthest corners of the lower 48 states.
They'll travel from Green Bay to Washington, to California, to Florida, to Maine and back home - all within 14 days.
"It'll be real interesting. There's a lot of places along the route that I haven't been yet, that I'm looking forward to seeing,” said Buehler.
Both riders will blog during the trip, plus they'll be equipped with helmet and dash cams to record the journey.
"I also have a SPOT. Every 20 minutes it sends up a beacon, and that will be shown on Freedom House's website. So you'll actually be able to drill into a Google map and see where in the United States where we are,” said Platkowski.
The duo hopes to raise thousands of dollars to help Freedom House.
"People won't have a need to support the work that we do unless they understand the level of homelessness and the challenge we're facing in Brown County. Right now we have 122 families on our waiting list, and we can only serve up to 12 families at one time. And we are at capacity,” said Robyn Davis with Freedom House.
The riders say they believe combining their passion for motorcycling with their passion to help the community will make a difference.
"I think it will get people's attention, and definitely point that toward the Freedom House. And hopefully they'll investigate a little bit, and maybe help out where they can,” said Buehler.
Click here to check out the riders' blogs, pictures and video, plus you can donate to the cause.
Buehler and Platkowski are scheduled to return to Green Bay and arrive at Freedom House on September 22 at 2 p.m.
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