NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Over centuries, men and their dogs have gone all sorts of places together by all modes of travel. On Friday, a man and his Chihuahua were seen cruising on a motorcycle the highways between Nacogdoches and Texarkana.
East Texas News met up with the duo to learn about Scootin' America.
Donna McCollum met up with the duo to learn about what is called, 'Scootin' America'.
"In your bag. Good boy,” said Adam Sandoval, the founder of Scootin' America. Can I have a kiss? Thank you."
Since November, Adam Sandoval and his Chihuahua, Scooter, are Scootin' America, visiting every Harley Davidson dealership in the lower 48 states. This morning they were at Texas Thunder in Nacogdoches.
An employee of the business asked Sandoval how many Harley Davidson dealerships he has stopped at so far on his journey.
“This is 198,” Sandoval said.
The journey gives Sandoval, a wannabe Easy Rider, an opportunity to mark that off the bucket list.
More importantly, the charity ride raises awareness and money for The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund.
“They raise money for children who have lost their parents in active duty.” Sandoval said.
Every nickel Scootin' America raises goes toward the kids. Sandoval's expenses are self-funded, except when generous individuals and a few sponsors step up. The successful businessman's sacrifice?
“Literally everything that I own except what's on my bike,” Sandoval said. “Sold it all and put that in the bank and that's what I put in my gas tank every day to go raise money for these kids."
The payment is criss-crossing America, just about every biker's dream.
“What I do is go across country east to west,” Sandoval said. “I do a 300 mile north to south section and I connect the dots in that section going east to west and then I go back east. So my trek brings me from the east coast to the west coast six times."
When he was asked what he thinks about when he's on the road, Sandoval said, “Wow, that's the first time anybody's asked me that."
Sandoval explained marketing his cause enters his mind some of the time, but the rest of the time, other matters fill his thoughts.
“You know, life evaluations, if you will, yeah, but yeah, it's busy inside that helmet,” Sandoval said.
The thoughts are shared on Scootin' America Facebook page where fans continue to grow. Joe traveled from Waco and Norman from Minden, Louisiana just to see Sandoval and Scooter.
The Texas Thunder H.O.G. group showed up to donate a couple of hundred dollars and escort Adam and Scooter on part of their next journey.
“Everything you've ever wanted to see in the country, I see in one year on a back of a motorcycle,” Sandoval said. “No better way to do it."
So far Scootin' America has raised more than $47,000 for the American Legion Legacy Fund. You can follow Scootin' America on its Facebook