Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Honor Ride Chicago

Was convinced to do this ride by my friend who is with Team Salute and so happy I took the opportunity. Road to Recovery's Honor Ride was created to:

'To improve the health and wellness of healing heroes worldwide by providing a life changing experience that can impact their lives forever.  
R2R supports Spinning® Recovery Labs and outdoor cycling programs at Military and VA locations around the U.S. to help injured veterans overcome obstacles they face. Cycling is an important part of the recovery and rehabilitation program for two reasons:
1. Cycling is an activity that almost all patients with mental and physical disabilities can participate. 
2. Participation in the Ride 2 Recovery Program helps speed up the recovery and rehabilitation process. 
A) Ride 2 Recovery provides program events and site locations 
B) R2R designs and builds specially adapted bikes to suit injured veterans needs making it possible for almost any warrior to participate in the program, including quad amputees."

Kicking things off
Start and finish line at Evanston Suburu
There were 3 distances to chose from and it welcomed people of all different abilities. We chose the middle distance of 38 miles. They started the ride with a little information about what the organization is doing and did a color guard salute... and we were off. Jen and I got going and one of the R2R guy's pulled up to us.. after we realized he was the sweeper (or "motivator" as he called himself)... we enjoyed some great conversation with him.  He was a veteran that needed direction when he came home and found the organization and cycling to be his answer.  The weather was perfect for the ride and nice course along the north shore.  The two aid stations we stopped at were awesome.. lots of food, support and great morale.  Cops monitored main crossing areas and it was pretty smooth sailing except for the little stretch through S. downtown Evanston where I was quite certain I was going to get doored.. but luckily I didn't.  

Great support at mile 18ish
At one of the aid stations
Came back to Suburu and they provided hamburgers, drinks, a musician was playing some patriotic music and they had a raffle at the end. Supporting the veterans has been something that has been on my mind watching a moving special on HBO about PTSD and this was a small way to support them while still serving my own hobbies. I definitely recommend it for 2015! 
Cute dog at finish... had to snap a pic as i am a "dog person" now

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