Members of the Crockett Police Department and Houston County Sheriff's Office welcomed 12 disabled, paralyzed, wounded, injured and able-bodied cyclists (military veterans, civilians and supporters) to the Courthouse Square Friday, April 15. The cyclists began their journey on April 10 in at Wounded Warrior Battalion West at Oceanside, CA and their final destination is Wounded Warrior Battalion East at Camp Lejeune, NC. Their goal is to reach Camp Lejeune on April 24, which by their calculations is 252 cycling hours across more than 3,000 miles.
The ultimate goal, according to their website, is to bring heightened awareness for military veterans and athletes who are injured, wounded and/or paralyzed – demonstrating "We Can Do This" and so can you.
They will highlight the U.S. Olympic Committee's Paralympic Trials in Charlotte, NC in June while carrying the USOC Paralympic torch across country. The cyclists also are raising funds and awareness for the Semper Fi Fund, Independence Fund and Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program
The participants are riding in pairs of able-bodied, disabled, paralyzed, wounded and injured athletes. Each pair cycles for two hours, then rotate with another pair, cycling 24/7. Their next stop after Crockett was an overnight stop in Marlin.
For more information about this event or to make donations, visit https://w2e2016.org.
stopping overnight in Marlin, TX; continuing to Charlotte to promote the USOC Paralympic Trials; merging with Carolinas HealthCare System Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program's Cycle to the Sea from Monroe, NC to N. Myrtle Beach, SC; completing the cross-country journey at Camp Lejeune, NC
Peak elevation: 5,433ft; lowest elevation: -177ft; total ascent 35,312ft; total descent 35,322ft
Time to complete: 10.5 days or 252hrs covering 3,062miles (assumes 12mph average)
(Photo by Toni Browning)