Ready to Ride 2 Recovery
POSTED: Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 10:48pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 24, 2014 - 6:21am
Texas Challenge rolls out Sunday morning
After a day of full traveling we arrived at the Ride 2 Recovery registration and orientation, along with 200 healing Soldiers and Veterans from across the country. Seven of the participants are either active duty Soldiers currently serving at Fort Bliss or Veterans from El Paso.
(SFC Lori Kuczmanski and our luggage as we wait for the shuttle at the airport)
The R2R mechanics quickly assembled all of our bicycles and fitted them to each cyclist before we toted them to our hotel rooms at the Marriott Greenspoint in Houston. We also received our Texas Challenge cycling jerseys and shorts (our "uniform" for most of the week).
After an orientation and new rider training classes, the R2R team and sponsors hosted a dinner at the hotel. During the dinner, ride participants received last minute updates to the schedule for Sunday and the President/Founder of R2R, John Wordin, spoke about many of the program's supporters, sponsors, and volunteers.
He also introduced the parents of deceased marine Veteran Clay Hunt. On Saturday, March. 29, R2R participants will finish the Texas Challenge with the Clay Hunt Honor Ride. Hunt, who suffered from the physical and emotional wounds of war, took his own life three years ago. Hunt's mother and father attended the dinner and are actively involved with R2R.
The 450+ mile cycling challenge begins Sunday at 8:30 a.m. when the entire group rolls out together toward our first stop, College Station.
Throughout the ride, I will share the stories of the Fort Bliss Soldiers and Veterans participating in the R2R Texas Challenge. They will talk about how they push through the pain, work as a team, and complete each day - many of them reaching new personal goals.