Biker Ride to DC: One Biker’s Story – Eric Zern, a National Coordinator

I have had the opportunity via Facebook to talk with one of the two National

Eric Zern (from Facebook)

Eric Zern (from Facebook)

Coordinators of the 2 Million Bikers Ride to DC. What first caught my attention was a video by Thomas Wells with Eric speaking to a group of bikers in front of a Harley-Davidson store. Not sure if it is the store where the meet-up was to happen in Ft. Washington, Maryland the morning of the ride. He gave a stirring speech. The transcript and video are below, but first here are some of the comments he made to me about why he stepped up and spoke out. You will feel the emotion that surged through the riders on 9/11/13, and Eric makes it clear that he and bikers in general, recognize and also feel the deep anger stirring in many of us from sea-to-shining sea. It’s not finished!

With regards to my speech, I had to do something.  I knew that if there was going to be trouble, the “root” of that trouble would grow from the anger and outrage at what our government has allowed our great nation to become.  I had to find a way to target that anger, and hold it at bay.  Although the ride was to pay tribute to those that perished 12 years ago, and for our troops since called to engage terrorism, there was still that anger in the  heart and spirit of every single rider.

Unlike our government that tries to ignore that anger, I wanted to target that anger and bring it to the surface.  I knew it was there, because I feel it, too.  So that’s what I did…1st, affirm the ride as being for those who perished and for our troops.  Once that was established, I could then move onto the anger that was deep inside.  I tried to affirm that it did exist, why it existed, and to let everyone know that it’s okay for them to be angry.  3rd, I tried to reason with them and in that way, hold that anger at bay.  I told them that we are Patriots.  We are the best that America has to offer.

One of our biggest complaints is how the government has slowly stripped us of our Constitutional Rights.  Where would we be, then, if we turned right around and stripped someone else  of their Constitutional Rights?  We are “defenders” of our Constitution.  It  doesn’t matter how much we may disagree with a cause, we must respect our Constitution and respect those who have a “Constitutional Right to Assemble”.  I waved the red, white, and blue in front of them and said THIS is what we stand for and THIS is why we ride today!  We didn’t show up with chains and clubs.  We showed up with red, white, and blue flags and we’ll do the right thing because we’re Americans!!  We ride proud and we ride tall.  United we stand with our brothers and we will move the eyes from those “other demonstrations” to where those eyes belong…on those that perished and on our troops.

Outside of a few parking citations, there was no trouble at all.  I called the Washington DC police the very next morning  and they said nope!!…no arrests and no trouble!  I was like…YYYEEESSS!!!  I’m so proud of our riders.  I  knew there  was anger in their hearts but you know what?  They are true, blue Patriots and Americans.  They did  the right thing!!

There may be other rides on DC that specifically protest how our country is being run.  However, this particularly ride was a ride of honor and respect.  To offer our condolences to those that perished, and to salute our troops.  There is a time and place for everything.  This  was not the “Call to Arms” that I see on the horizon.

There is a hero out there somewhere in America that will lead this.  It’s only a matter of time!!

…Having been one of the two National Coordinators, I  was  extremely involved in the organization of this event.  We had to monitor the various states very closely.  This was not a political event, and posts that were deemed political or hateful were immediately removed.  Some of the posts we removed would raise the hair on the back of your neck!  Talk about hatred!!  Talk about anger!!  Oh, my gosh!!  So yeah, I knew I had to do something or there could easily have been some big trouble in DC.

So, I did what anyone in my position would do.  I prayed and asked for divine guidance and intervention.

But another thing I saw was this…America is very, very, VERY angry right now.  Washington doesn’t know it, but they are sitting on a time bomb because this country is about to go off!!!

American bikers were coming out in droves…DROVES!!…to be a part of this!  Although this was a commemorative ride, you could “feel” there was more to it than  just that.  America is angry, Maggie!

They have sat back and taken it and taken it and taken it and they’re not taking it anymore!  You could read that and feel that in many of the posts that we removed.

The “2 Million Bikers to DC” was not the proper forum to post such things so again, we removed them.  But America’s anger was so intense at times that we were definitely concerned about what some of these riders were going to do when they got here.  And you know what?  I understand!  I am just as angry about it as those making those posts.

Perhaps a ride will be assembled one day that is for the purpose of having Washington hear some of those posts but this ride was exclusively for those that perished and for the troops.  By the grace of God, it stayed that way.  However!…I cannot deny that undercurrent of anger that’s laying in wait out there, Maggie.

I knew there was a lot of discontent in America, but I think  I underestimated how deeply the anger against Washington really was.  America has really, truly had it!  When you stop and consider that the entire “2 Million Bikes to DC” event was completed, start to finish, in 24 days, you can see how primed America is to take action!  We were hoping for maybe 1,000 bikes when it started.  At about the end of 20 days or so, we knew we  were getting somewhere between 10,000 – 15,000.  We ended up with over 100,000!!  I really hope Washington doesn’t ignore that.

All it’s going to take is for that hero to step forward…!!!

Eric also told me that the Bikers to DC will be an annual event. A website is under development.

And, he gave me some insight into who he is:

I’m a very simple, blue-collar American that has a small business making clocks from logs.  I live a simple life (well…I used to, anyway!). I am honest and sincere with others and strive to have a quiet and sincere walk with the Lord at all times.  I rely on His wisdom and His guidance in all things.

Yes, I do have a degree from Towson State University but I guess I have the “Good ol’ boy” roots, and that is where I am most comfortable.

With regards to the “2 Million Bikers to DC” event, I never meant to get as involved as I did.  I managed to “get in” on the ground floor and only intended to ride in the event.  They were still struggling to get this moving, and I volunteered to help organize Western Maryland.  Two days later I was the Maryland State Coordinator and about a week later I was on the National Team.  Admittedly, I had to step back and ask myself, “How did all that happen??”

Anyway, yes, I was very involved in this event and found myself working 17-hour days up until the day of the event itself.  We were absolutely shocked at how quickly we gained momentum.  It very quickly turned into a freight train running downhill.  It was all we could do to keep our heads above water at that point.  But, it happened.  There were a few hiccups here and there but I think things turned out okay.

Eric Zern

Eric Zern

Begin video transcript (Eric Zern speaking):

There are people out there weeping that lost their homes of 30 years. There are families out there that can’t afford to buy their children’s school supplies, driving around on expired tags because they can’t afford their tags. How are they going to afford gas to get to work next week? WE’RE DONE WITH IT! [cheering]

And these people who are struggling, America is crying, it is noting, and then we have to sit back and watch these multi-million dollar conventions, and we have to watch the million-dollar vacations. One of those vacations would get a thousand of those Americans back on their feet.

There is an anger, I know, in everyone of our hearts. We have sat back and watched Washington, systematically, transform this country, from one of the greatest on the face of the earth…the greatest, into an international embarrassment.

Let me tell you something, we talk about patriotism, we talk about [inaudible] retirement [inaudible] people, WE WHO RIDE ARE THE TIP OF THE SPEAR and we have had enough!

You hear that rumble and the ground starts to shake under your feet, and you look out there and there are 10,000 motorcycles coming down your street, and thousands of red, white and blue flags. You don’t have to ask who that is. You know who that is. That is America, Land of the Free Home of the Brave, one Nation Under God and we are…pissed off at what you have done to our country!

If you are a Facebook user, visit 2 Million Bikers Ride to DC. National Coordinator Belinda Bee has done an amazing job keeping us up to date with these great patriots and working with the press.

I want to give a shout-out to Mare of who is blogging for New York Bikers, some of whom are planning a more regional ride on Albany. Read DC is Just the Beginning. Maybe we will see more regional rides and have an opportunity to support those in our areas closer to us. As Eric said, when you see those Bikers coming down your street, you know who they are.

I said this is “one man’s story,” but I doubt it’s the whole story. I hope we hear more from all of the Bikers. America needs to know. God bless them for riding for our Constitution and in honor of victims of terrorism.

If the video does not play or disappears, try viewing it here.


Linked at I’m a Man, I’m 41 – thanks BC!

Linked at Doug Ross and Larwyn’s Linx in the One Bikers Ride to DC Edition – thank you!


Linked at Grumpy Opinions – read about the big Trucker Ride to D.C. in October – WOOT!

Linked at GulagBound – read 50 Shades of Treason and pass it on.

Linked at Trevor Loudon’s New Zeal where you can read this great discussion of Global Communism Today

Linked at The News Factor – lots of great headline here.

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  • Mr. Zern sound suspiciously like a group of men we are all familiar with. The Founders Fathers weren’t out for fame or fortune. In fact, many of them lost everything they had, but they prevailed in their attempt to start something great.

    Well done, Mr. Zern. Well done, indeed.

  • Well said Mr. Zern. You echo what many of us out here feel. Yes we are angry. Yes we are tired of the Washington insider two-step. And yes, we need men like you, “ordinary” men, men willing to stand up and be counted. Because in times of great peril it is the Patriot who rises up, it is the Citizen who acts on his conscience. And it is incumbent upon us to rise up with you in solidarity. Together we will be heard! Together we will stand strong! Together we can revive America!

    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does” — Margaret Mead.

  • Eric – I am so very proud of you and all the bikers out there! It renews my faith in Americans and gives me hope that we can fight the Progressives and win. You are right — so, many are hurting and have been hurt. It is way past time we stood up and drew our own red line. I would be proud to fight along side you any time, any where my friend and there are millions out there who feel the way I do. On this Constitution Day, I honor you as a true patriot.

  • BC

    God bless you brother – keep it up…

  • Mr. Zern – we thank you and all the bikers who made a statement to the country by the ride on Washington. You are part of the “three percent.” God bless you…

  • This was the largest gathering of bikers in history! All for freedom. All for America.

    There is an anger growing in America. An anger that will boil over. God help us if it does, for until the blood runs red in American streets, it will not subside. It could be prevented if and only if Patriots take control of the Senate and put the brakes on Obama. But I doubt that will happen.

    God Bless America and her people.

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  • Thanks for posting this story and man’s words, these folks kept their word and rattled that DC cage so much they substituted the traffic cam feeds to hide their presence in that dump!!!

    Next time, in fact an Convoy is being organized right now, we all go there together and torch that dump if O Inc don’t start paying attention, to WE the PEOPLE. We run this fkng joynt not them.;

    Thanks to your subject, those guys kicked ass for everyone tired of the Islamic creep and ghettoification of this once great nation turned third world rest stop…

    <3 Maggie !

  • Carl Middleton

    Hi Eric … Well, you went and did it didn’t you. You awakened a very large part of America. Thank you and God bless. You sir, are part of a small percentage that just doesn’t hear or read about a problem and does nothing .. you went to work to show America that this is still the people’s country and it’s still worth fighting for.

    So … even though I don’t ride anymore, (too old with a bad back) I do hope all you guys and gals can make this an annual event growing in size and scope.

    America … see what one or two caring men can accomplish.

    Thank you Eric, and God bless …

  • God Bless you Eric… people like you are truly what this country is all about

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  • Much love and many thanks, Eric, to you and all the bikers for showing the DC mongrels what Americans are feeling right now. God bless America and Americans like you!

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  • Arlie

    I just heard that their were 1.2 million motorcycles that roared into DC to honor 911 and the veterans and military. Thank you to all from one who was praying for you and with you. You made me proud of the True American Patriots. G-d Bless you and yours Always!

    If you have time please join: and
    You have shown that if we can organize and one force for “good” and for freedom…we win. We need “Sovereignty to be Unbound”. Semper Fi

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  • Eric, just when I think even that the “conservatives” are lost to the gamma rays from their TV immobilizing them from any action except complaining – along you come.

    Thank you so much for your efforts on this and carrying the heart of our Founders. I pray that your leadership continues to encourage, inspire and incite others to action – putting fear into the tiny hearts of those who want to control America, rather than serve them.

    Bless you.

  • Brother thank you & God bless & yours for all you did to pull this off. It was wonderful seeing the bikes thunder thru the city, reminding everyone just what America is all about… the freedoms that we are losing one at a time threaten it all.

    May God’s grace & glory bless you & yours, may it bring you ONLY joy, happiness & prosperity!!

  • Mark Wolfe

    Thank you Sir for Standing Up. Godbless you. One of my regrets of “The Ride” was not meeting you,looking you in the eyes and gratefully shaking your hand.

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  • Curtis King

    What I wouldn’t have given to be there with you PATIOTS and BROTHERS. Maybe next year for those who can’t make it to D.C. , we could organize state rallies to state capitals and let every state get involved. It would be nice to let not only D.C. know what we think about all of those people lost on 9/11 and our men and women in uniform, serving our nation, but also what we think of our so called elected officials and the pitiful jobs they are doing. If more of us show them what we think then maybe we could embolden those who have the backbone to make the changes we need in our states and D.C. God bless you and each and every rider that showed up and had the nerve to say what MOST of us are thinking.