Today's blog is a contribution from Ride Across USA, a group that will be riding across the country next year. Thank you to Tracy and to everyone on their Team for all of their hard work! Learn more: http://rideacrossusa.com
What better way to kick off Veteran's Day celebrations than with a cycling event in their honor? On Sunday, November 10, The Warrior Ride took place in Eustis, FL. 154 cyclists came from cities all over Florida to ride 40 and 100-mile routes through beautiful Lake County. Lou Ann, the charming SAG bus, sponsored the event with help from friends, Domino’s Pizza and the Ride Across USA team. The cost of the ride? Just a $25 donation to Hope For The Warriors! Local JRROTC units from Eustis and Umatilla high schools, Lake County Volunteer Fire Station 26 and Lou Ann's friends all came to SAG the event at their various appointed places along the route. Many cyclists sported their red, white and blue or military kits mostly on road bikes; however, a tandem, cyclocross and recumbent bike even joined the mix. There was a little competition to see which cycling club would have the most participants in matching kits: Winter Springs Cycling won!
Comments received during and after the ride include the following:
- "This is one of the best centuries I have ever done!" - Lisa Portifelli, (who does many centuries annually)
- "Note to whomever (or team of whoevers) that marked the course-REALLY GOOD JOB-every time I was in doubt along came another cute little orange circle to keep me rolling on."- Dave Viney, Canadian National Champion
- "Thanks for a great time and a well-organized ride. Love those students from Eustis HS." - Ceme Curley, member of Florida Masters
A check for the amount of $3,353.45 was mailed to Hope For The Warriors just in time for Thanksgiving to help their staff provide for the needs of our wounded service members and their families. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families and we are honored to be associated with them. Our overall goal of raising $35,000 is now almost 10% met!
Thank you to Tracy and all of the participants of the Ride Across USA team.