Ride 2 Recovery Rounds the Final Bend in the Texas Challenge

As you read earlier this week, Ride 2 Recovery cyclists are currently participating in the “Don’t Mess with Texas Challenge,” a six-day, 350-mile ride from Brooke Army Medical Center to Dallas/Ft. Worth.

Day 2 took the cyclists from San Marcos to Austin and one participant share this account of the day: “The day started under cloudy skies and a light rain. With the forecast calling for slight headwinds, it looked like it was going to be a long day. Instead the rain stopped and with the cloudy skies and cool temps, it made for great riding weather with almost no wind.

One of the great parts of the R2R program are the general public riders that take part in the ride. These cyclist raise about $3,000 in order to take part in the ride and 2 of the more colorful riders…The 16 strong group has ridden together since we left CFI and the camaraderie has been amazing. The group has riders from Ft. Bliss and Ft. Hood that are here at R2R for the first time.”

The Texas hill country is known for its sharp but short hills. With a large number of brand new injured veteran riders from the WTU system, it is very important to teach them to ride a good paceline and get them all set up in nice smooth pedaling groups. The simple tasks of riding like shifting and braking become more important with the up and down nature of the terrain.

Day 3 saw the cyclists hitting the pavement on roads leading from Austin to Fort hood.  With clear weather and only a light headwind, the ride went smoothly.  And best of all was the addition of the Chief of the Army, Gen. George Casey, along for the ride!

As one rider explained, “He went out with the moderate group today, which is typically the biggest group on the road. He had never ridden much with a group so it took a little getting used to. Gen Casey came to cycling after ankle surgery left him not able to run without significant pain. He had prepared himself by riding from Fort Meyer to Fort Belvoir.”

Gen. Casey rides along with wounded veterans Nate and Delvin; the General joined the Ride 2 Recovery cyclists on the third day of their ride.

The General was able to keep up just fine and lifted the morale off all the riders.  As they neared Fort Hood, Gen. Will Grimsley – the acting commanding general at Fort Hood – lead the group onto the base and hosted a community reception along with his wife Jill.  Great work, everybody!  Tomorrow’s route takes the group from Cleburne to their final destination: the Arlington Ranger’s Ballpark.  Check out the map below and see if you can cheer them on…

On Sunday, April 11 riders will travel 42 miles from Cleburne to Arlington Ranger's Park.

The White House Helps Celebrate the Month of the Military Child

NEW YORK -- A little girl talks to her father, Sgt. Jeff Gerbier, motor transportation operator, 6th Communications Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, as he rides a bus with the rest of the returning Marines to their Brooklyn headquarters. The Marines returned from their Iraq deployment, Nov. 25 just before the Thanksgiving Day holiday. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Randall A. Clinton)

From the White House Blog:

Supporting military families is a top Obama Administration priority. April is Month of the Military Child and gives the nation the opportunity to recognize the character, strength and sacrifices of America’s military children as well as the role they play in the armed forces community. Today, there are 1.7 million American children and youth under 18-years-old with a parent serving in the military and approximately 900,000 children and youth with one or both parents deployed multiple times. Learn more about the Month of the Military Child here.

Help us celebrate this important month by:

  • Watching this video of First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden talk about the important role military children play in the armed forces community
  • Read the blog post “With You All the Way” from Trevor Romain, whose DVD of the same name will soon be available to help kids cope with deployments and homecomings
  • Check out photos from the Family Care Package stuffing party, hosted by Dr. Biden

Thank you to all of the military families and children whose support of our Troops makes this country so great!

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