Linda Pasetti-Olson said she is disappointed she did not get to ride into Ground Zero on Sunday.
Plans for the massive ride of honor changed, she said—initially, she, Jennifer Wheeler of Naperville, and hundreds of their fellow Motor Maids were to accompany a group of firefighters to the 10th anniversary memorial service, at the site of the World Trade Center. The two locals had made the trip through wind and rain over the past week to be part of that history in the making.
And when word got around that their destination would now be the New York Fire Department's memorial at House 10-10, not far from Ground Zero, people were let down.
But not for long. On Sunday at noon, the procession of Motor Maids and members of the International Association of Fire Fighters took off from Orange County Choppers headquarters in Newburgh, New York, and made the trek into New York City. And Pasetti-Olson said it was impressive.
"There were 5000-plus riders today," she wrote in an email on Sunday afternoon. "I-87 was closed to auto traffic all the way into the city (except on the bridges), so we had a great ride in. Took us two hours from Newburgh."
"Going in there were groups of people waving to us along the way and from all the overpasses," she continued. "As we got closer we were met with more and more groups. At one point a helicopter flew over the Motor Maids and someone leaned out and waved to us. Of course we all waved back!"
Pasetti-Olson and Wheeler are on their way back to Illinois, and we'll have a full wrap-up with them when they return. For now, check out the photos Pasetti-Olson took on Sunday.