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AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Ben Nighthorse Campbell trucking 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree

November 08, 2012

Ben Nighthorse Campbell standing next to a Mack truck.

(L-R: John Walsh, Mack vice president of marketing, Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Wayne Stehle of Mack Defense stand next to the Mack truck that is hauling the nation's Christmas tree. Photo courtesy of Mack Trucks.)

Former Colorado U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, is behind the wheel of a Mack truck hauling the nation’s 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree from Colorado to Washington, D.C.

“It is a privilege to drive the tree for the U.S. Capitol from Colorado this year,” said Campbell, who was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2001. Campbell, an avid motorcyclist, served in Congress representing Colorado from 1993 to 2005.

Choose Outdoors, a national nonprofit coalition for outdoor recreation, is coordinating the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree tour with the White River National Forest, where the 73-foot-tall Colorado Engleman spruce tree was harvested.

The almost-four-week-long trip began in Meeker, Colo., where the tree was harvested from the White River National Forest, which is in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. On the way to Washington, D.C., the tree is scheduled to stop in cities and towns in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The custom-decorated Mack truck used to haul the tree was fitted with a special cradle to support the tree’s branches.

The AMA and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame are urging motorcyclists along the route to greet the Campbell and the tree during the journey.

The next stop is in Denver from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Midtown Development at 6700 Pecos St.

To learn more about the 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree tour, go to www.capitolchristmastree2012.org.


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