Update: 1,000 miles traveled by scooter, journey for vets continues

Vietnam veteran Raymond M. Black stands in front of his electric scooter, J.C. Snow Park, St. George, Utah, April 5, 2014 | Photo by Aspen Stoddard, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — After nearly three months of zooming alongside highways and backcountry roads on a rechargeable Pride Pursuit XL scooter, Vietnam War veteran Raymond M. Black, 71, embarked from Brownwood, Texas, Saturday afternoon to continue his journey that started in St. George towards destination Florida.

Vietnam War veteran Raymond M. Black packs up to embark from Brownwood, Texas, July 12, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Danny Greathouse, St. George News
Vietnam War veteran Raymond M. Black packs up to embark from Brownwood, Texas, July 12, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Danny Greathouse, St. George News

Black has traveled more than 1,000 miles so far on his scooter, collecting donations to fund POWs and MIAs and help veterans in need nationwide. With a multitude of flags rising from his scooter, he aims to raise awareness about issues involving veterans as well.

Even with such high mileage, Black has managed to only break down one time when he was just outside of Farmington, New Mexico.

This journey has led Black to visit places in the United States he has never seen and allowed him to meet new people and build new friendships. Black said his experience has been so great that he is already planning future trips, including one in 2016 when he plans to travel along the West Coast, north on Highway 1, all the way to Canada.

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2 Comments

  • Chris July 14, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Ray is a great guy! I have had the chance to talk to him numerous times and he is just wonderful to be around. And, he is also quite the baker!!!

  • Laura Hampton July 23, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    I live in groesbeck texas and I just had the pleasure of meeting and shaking thus mans hand when I seen him resting under a shade tree on the hwy he is such a sweet man if anyone’s sees him plz stop and say hello

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