Ft. Smith, AR to West Memphis, AR
Cabot Cruisers who completed the River 2 River Memorial Bicycle Ride across the great state of Arkansas to honor fallen and disabled Veterans were Robert Brown, Vicki Ingram, David Smith and Kelly Spencer. Friends who trained and completed the ride with them were Doug Barnhart, Charlotte Petrick, Lynda Sivils and Jana Teagle. Cruiser Debbie Bextermueller rode the last two days.
There were a total of 30 Cyclists who completed the ride. Eight were Veterans and five were women. 2012 was the fourth annual ride and the first time for women to complete the ride.
The ride consisted of 5 days – starting in Ft. Smith and completing in West Memphis.
Day one: - Ft. Smith to Clarksville for 61.26 miles.
Day two: - Clarksville to Morrilton for 51.83 miles.
Day three: - Morrilton to the Capitol in Little Rock for 53.48 miles.
Day four: - NLR River Trail to Hwy 70 to Brinkley for 66.80 miles.
Day five: - Brinkley to West Memphis for 62.65 miles.
Organizers for the ride were Jon and Jeff Aldrich from the Benton/Bryant area. All proceeds go to the Disabled American Veterans in Arkansas.
Vic’s thoughts: - Great cause, great support, great challenge. I cannot tell you how emotional I was and how humbled I am to have finished such a challenge as crossing my beloved Arkansas on a bicycle. I encourage all of my cycling buddies to take the challenge of crossing our State and supporting our DAV. For more information go to http://www.river2riverride.com/ .
In closing, I would challenge my running and cycling buddies to pick a NEW adventure. Train for it and just do it!
Run or bike often!