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Detroit Lakes man rides Harley cross-country for suicide awareness

The Wish You Were Here ride took Highway 83 all the way from Canada to Mexico.

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Gonzalo Jimenez sits on his Harley as he prepares for the 1,700 mile trip.
Matt Henson/WDAY

Gonzalo Jimenez took a ride on his Harley motorcycle this 4th of July weekend ride he'll never forget.

The Detroit Lakes man is traveling 1,700 miles from July 2 through July 5 straight down Highway 83 from the U.S.-Canadian border starting in Westhope, North Dakota and ending in Laredo, Texas at the Mexican border.

"One Highway One Cause," he said.

Jimenez and some of his biker friends are riding to raise awareness across America about suicide on their Wish You Were Here Ride.

"It's right down the middle, hopefully spread awareness and hope fully it will spread out," said Jimenez.

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He knows the impact of suicide. A close cousin of his died by suicide when he was young.

A friend who is riding with him also lost a son to suicide.

Dozens have also been joining them along the way who lost someone close to them by suicide.

"Everybody talks about grandma, how she passed away, wish she was here, but nobody wants to talk about death by suicide," said Jimenez.

While the riders will see a lot on the open road across America's heartland, their focus will be on the faces pictured on their Wish You Were Here ride website.

150 people and stories they don't know.

"It's hard to see those numbers up there," said Jimenez.

The group is due to arrive in Laredo, Texas later today.

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"We want to break that stigma, don't be ashamed to talk about it," said Jimenez.

They left Saturday morning.

For more information about the ride click on this link.

https://www.wishyouwerehereride.com/

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at mhenson@wday.com and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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