Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge day 1: the winds of pain

Ride 2 Recovery

POSTED: Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 9:54pm

UPDATED: Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 10:26pm

"The headwinds and crosswinds were pushing my bike and hitting the wheels, making it a very difficult ride," said CW2 Waldemar Miro as he described his first day of the Ride 2 Recovery Texas Challenge.


Fort Bliss Cyclists Ready for R2R                    The starting point

The group of healing veterans and active duty servicemembers hit the road Sunday morning in Houston, after a city proclamation was read and the safety brief was complete.  Houston Police officers on bikes and in cars escorted more than 200 R2R participants through the city on the cold, damp, and windy morning.  

The first stop of the day was Tomball, a patriotic town that showed up in full force to support the troops and healing vets.  The Patriot Guard Riders posted flags at the city park, Eagle Scouts presented every rider with a challenge coin, and Tomball residents held signs that said things like, "We Support You," and "Thank You for your Service."    They also provided food and drinks for the group's first rest stop.


                             (Photos by: Veronica Landry)

Miro was impressed by the show of patriotism and encouragement. He said, " It's very good to have such patriotic support. Sometimes you don't think you have that support, but this showed that the average American really does support us."  


(Photos by: Veronica Landry) 

Miro is 16 years into his Army career with two deployments to Iraq. This is his third R2R challenge,  which he said helps him with his recovery from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and, what  he modestly refers to as "minor physical injuries."

The Puerto Rico native battled the brutal winds, and finished in College Station some 87 miles later, having maintained his pace with the 2nd highest speed group, "B group." 

Miro averaged about 18 miles per hours, even as the faced such terrible weather conditions. 


(Miro, third from the right - top row; Photo by: Tiffini Skuce, R2R)

After dinner at Texas A&M, the group now rests and prepares to tackle 101 miles of cycling Monday.  

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