Dad-Daughter Motorcycle Trip Captivates the Network

Motorcycle for Miracles has reached Mexico! The journey from Canada to Costa Rica continues, as support for Children’s Miracle Network grows

By Katharine Davis
ON THE ROAD: Bruce Johnson and daughter
Holly, 12, gear up for the the Central America
leg of their Motorcycle for Miracles journey.

Bruce Johnson is on a mission to raise $25,000 for Children’s Miracle Network. To do so, the RE/MAX of Wasaga Beach Associate and his daughter Holly are traveling 5,500 miles on their motorcycle from Canada to Costa Rica. Their motivation is personal, as was detailed last week, but their journey is anything but. In fact, it’s something Johnson hopes all RE/MAX Affiliates can share in.

With regular updates to their website and blog (johnsonjourneys.com), Instagram account (@thehomehunt), Twitter account (@thehomehunt) and Facebook page (Motorcycle for Miracles Hall of Fame, open to all who donate to the Alyssa Rae Johnson Fund), it’s easy to track their progress. Whether geographically (more than 2,200 miles traveled) or financially (nearly 38 percent of their goal raised), readers are able to follow along as the journey progresses.

“It’s fun to feel the momentum growing,” Johnson says. “We like using social networking sites because they’re easy to update from the road. We can provide information in minor chunks of time or major bursts of energy.”

According to their updates, Johnson and Holly, atop their red BMW motorcycle, have driven through the rain and cold, past missed exits and around city centers. They’ve stopped at RE/MAX offices – collecting an impressive 150 signatures on their RE/MAX flag – and they’ve made friends in almost every city. That’s what Johnson says he and Holly will remember most: the generosity of strangers.

They’ve been given roofs over their heads, new tires, a new helmet, rain gear, a free oil change and more. They’ve been the guests of honor at the BMW Motorcycle Club of Houston meeting, and they’ve received a personal tour of the Texas Children’s Hospital.

And on Nov. 17, the day that would have been his daughter Alyssa’s 15th birthday, a new friend invited the Johnsons to a Texas-style family barbecue. There, the family led them in singing Happy Birthday to the sister Holly never had a chance to know.

“We’re in awe of the kindness of the people we meet,” Johnson says.

Now in Mexico – they crossed the border on day 15 of their adventure – the duo will continue to rely on the compassion of strangers as they search for safe places to camp, potable sources of water and, of course, help achieving their fundraising goal of $25,000 for Children’s Miracle Network.

To learn more about Motorcycle for Miracles, sign up for email updates and contribute to the Alyssa Rae Johnson Fund, visit johnsonjourneys.com.

Have Bruce and Holly stopped at your RE/MAX office? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Read about the Johnson’s earlier cross-country ride here.

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