Gail Ankney, of the Women's Freedom Ride, never imagined a journey supporting wounded veterans would include such disappointment when her closest personal possession was stolen half way through the group's trip to the West Coast.
"It was my daddy's trailer," Gail said with tears streaming down her face. "I can't get that back."
While Gail and the other members rested at an Amarillo motel early Friday morning, her 2004 Harley-Davidson motorcycle and trailer were stolen from the motel's parking lot. The trailer was built by her father, who died in a motorcycle accident four years ago.
"He built that," said Ankney. He took that trailer all over the country with motorcycles on it. It was his motorcycle trailer."
But the Women's Freedom Ride continues. Ankney, and the other riders, said they have more determination now to raise awareness for the cause and to hold a rally in San Diego, California July 31.
"No one is going to stop us, " said Women's Freedom Ride member Karen Huling. "I' m a little disappointed in humanity right now, but what happened here won't stop us. I just feel terrible for Gail."
For more information on the Women's Freedom Ride, please visit their website at www.womensfreedomride.net.