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Freedom Ride July 4th recap

07/04/2024 8:35 PM | Chuck Nicewonder (Administrator)

Freedom Ride July 4th recap

          The holiday brought sixty-eight hardy cyclists to Oak Openings Preserve Metropark for the Freedom Ride to Morenci, Michigan, and back, according to the sign-in sheet. However, Rick Metcalf estimated that there were several more who didn’t sign in, bringing the total to at least eighty.

          Before riders rolled out of the park, Mike Moore from the Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Center explained the good things his organization does for people, and Nicole Reece read a statement from our own Doug Kilpatrick how he has benefitted from the organization’s services.

          After Whitney Houston sang the Star Spangled Banner, riders were off!

Eric Wharton led the fast group, with a few breaking off to ride slightly slower. David Barret led a slower group, with again a few breaking off to ride at a more comfortable pace, with Mark Maxwell leading.

          Riders enjoyed a lunch, furnished by TAB, on their return to Oak Openings.

          There were a few incidents on the ride. Kris Jensen had a mishap about a mile out of the park. No details to report at this time. Eric Wharton needed to change an innertube in Morenci, and Matt and Michelle Cleland’s tandem broke down on the return at county roads L and 6. They got help from relatives living nearby.

          Thank you to all who rode, and thank you to all who helped make today’s ride happen: Nicole Reece, David Barret, Debbie Tassie, Joe Connelly, Eric Wharton, John Galdeen, and Mark Maxwell.

          Pictured are riders before they left Oak Openings, and David Barret’s group in Morenci.

Chuck Nicewonder


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