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The Great British Invasion 2012

After last year's hugely successful England Rocks Hands Across The Water bike ride, the folks over at ChildLine Rocks have put together an even more ambitious event for 2012. 

This year they are following in the footsteps of Robert Leroy Parker & Harry Alonzo Longbaugh...... AKA BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID !

On 8 July, ChildLine Rocks will be embarking on its second ultimate Harley Davidson charity motorcycle ride - and you are cordially invited!

Organisers  are looking for 25 riders on 25 hogs: you can either ride solo, bring your squeeze or bring your friend. You can buy a seat, raise the money or both - they are looking to raise a minimum of £1000 per bike.

If you want to register an interest in taking part in the ride then you all you need to do is email office@childlinerocks.co.uk for more details

You can find out more about the ride at www.childlinerocks.co.uk 



THE RIDE

Here's what's in store if you sign up to this once-in-a-lifetime ride:

RIDE DAY 1 : 9 July 
Cranbrook, Canada, to Whitefish, Montana 227 miles
Ride south and cross the border at Roosville to enter Montana. At Eureka, head west to join Highway 37 and the "Better than Sex Highway". This famed ride is 69 miles long, and you need to keep your wits about you - there are mountains, sharp corners and curves as we ride the edges of the Kootenai Forest along the shores of Lake Kookanusa down to Libby in the heart of Kootenai Valley. East to overnight in Whitefish with dinner and grace to be said by Cowboy Ron - Chaplain to The Sons of Royalty.

RIDE DAY 2 : 10 July 
Whitefish to Bozeman, Montana 340 miles.
Leave Whitefish and head southeast to Bozeman MT, passing through Flathead National Forest on the way. A full day's ride to prepare for something very special indeed.

RIDE DAY 3 : 11 July
Bozeman to Cooke City, Montana 233 miles
Ride southeast from Bozeman to Red Lodge in southern Montana. Wrap up warm and depart Red Lodge west to join what is acclaimed to be the Greatest Ride in the USA-the Beartooth Highway ! Called "The most Beautiful drive in America" by the late CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt, this section runs between Red Lodge and Cooke City Montana. It traces a series of steep zigzags and switchbacks along the Montana/ Wyoming border to the 10,947 ft Beartooth Pass. The highest parts of the Beartooth level off to a wide plateau near the top of the pass, and then descend to where the Beartooth joins the Chief Joseph Highway near Cooke City which forms the northeast gateway to Yellowstone National Park. The ride heads straight through the Absaroka-Beartooth wilderness before overnighting in Cooke City.

RIDE DAY 4 : 12 July 
Cooke City to Dubois, Wyoming,  190 miles.
Cross the border into Wyoming we head for Dubois, in the foothills of the Wind River Range. This ride will take us through the west side of Yellowstone National Park, the world's first National Park signed into being by President Ulysses S Grant in 1872. From there the ride continues south past the spectacular Teton Mountains near Jackson, before heading southeast for Dubois in the foothills of the Wind River range. In 1890 Butch Cassidy made off with $21,000 from a robbery in Colorado and used the proceeds to purchase a ranch in Dubois. Legend has it that the ranch was used for more clandestine operations, and in 1894 Butch was arrested for horse stealing in Lander. According to local lore, Butch was much loved in Lander and maintained a reputation for stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Throughout his wanderings, the Wind River mountains remained a sanctuary for him and other members of the Hole in the Wall Gang. Here's a reason why: The Wind River Range is the highest section of the Rocky Mountains in America, sporting 40 peaks over 13,000 ft and home to the headquarters of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School).

RIDE DAY 5: 13 July 
Dubois to Vernal, Utah 298 miles
You will follow the trails of the Hole In The Wall Gang. Cross over the border into Utah, via the spectacular Ashley National Forest and the Flaming Gorge. This is one of the most breathtaking rides in Utah, and the ride goes straight through Dinosaur country. The journey continues through Aspen forested hills, red rock canyons and beautiful overlooks of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. This is where the Dinosaur National Monument is based, and where major prehistoric finds have been made. The landscape will turn from green to orange and yellow. Expect heat.

RIDE DAY 6: 14 July 
Vernal to Park City, Utah 145 miles
Today you will ride west to connect with the Wolfcreek Pass Loop and the Alpine Scenic Highway. In 1969 a little known actor caught his big break, and used the proceeds to reinvest into a showcase for his craft-in the location of where the film was shot. To quote the man himself: "This place in the mountains, amid nature's casualness towards death and birth, is the perfect host for the inspiration of ideas: harsh at times, life threatening in winters of destruction, but tender to the details of every petal of every wildflower in the spring", Robert Redford, owner of the Sundance Resort and aka The Sundance Kid.

And then on 15 July you will have time for rest and reflection before the England Rocks-Hands across the Water Concert, which will feature Tony Joe White , aka The Swamp Fox, who will be flying up from Louisiana to perform for the riders in Park City, Utah