Ever curious and always ready to make a new friend, Dean stopped to see who was traveling on the old Beemer. The bike was a 1955 R26. The R26 has a 250cc single cylinder four stroke engine that produces about 15 horsepower. The Beemer was heavily loaded, and as it happened, on it's way from New York to the same rally to which Dean was headed in Washington. How tough do you have to be to ride a loaded down 250cc BMW across the USA?
From Dean: "Went inside the cafe and found the neatest guy. He is 75 year old Ray Terwilliger riding cross country to the rally from Eden, New York just under Buffalo. A super guy that rides all over the country... ...He looked and acted in great shape... ...especially since he had 15 inches of his lower colon removed 3 weeks ago to remove a small cancer, they got it all and he says that he feels great."
Anyone here think they are as tough a rider as Ray Terwilliger? Not me. Helmets off to Ray T. You sir, are a rider of the first order!
More here where Ray found a bit of TV fame after he arrived at the rally: KOHD TV