Day One Recap: A Sweaty, Successful Ride to Goldsboro

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Riders and well-wishers mingled just prior to the start of the tour

Despite a blazing eastern NC sun, Team Little Guy pedaled hard for 83 miles and successfully completed day one of the Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour. Boosted by the incredible outpouring of support by credit unions at the NC Credit Union League Annual Meeting, the team rode out from Ft. Bragg this morning and made the quick trek over to Pope AFB, about five miles away. From there, TLG rode out into the countryside of eastern NC and had a very quick lunch in Dunn, NC.

As the riders pressed on toward Goldsboro and the day’s completion point, the temperatures rose into the mid 90s and the humidity added an extra insult. “It was the toughest 82 miles I’ve ridden in my short but illustrious biking career,” said David “Bubba” Gelly, who probably spoke for everyone on the trek.

Now THIS is a support vehicle!

The four person team of John Radebaugh, Eric Gelly, Bubba Gelly and Ed Agnoli had two very special guests along the way today. MSG Dean Bissey rode the short leg to Pope AFB this morning. Bissey is actively involved with Hope for the Warriors and boosted the spirits of the entire group.

TLG is pleased that SFC Andy McCaffrey will riding the entire 230 mile trek to Jacksonville. McCaffrey is a member of the Special Forces, is a stud athlete and a lively addition to the crew. He is actively involved with Hope for the Warriors, having lost an arm in Afghanistan. We’re pleased to have this Warrior Hero on the trip across eastern NC.

The credit unions along the way have been absolutely wonderful! From the sendoff by representatives of Ft. Bragg FCU and Bragg Mutual FCU in Fayetteville, to the wonderful reception put together in Goldsboro at NC Community FCU, credit unions have shown their support and encouragement of the team and Hope for the Warriors along the way. We are exceptionally grateful to each and every one of you along the route, as well as the folks across the Carolinas who are pulling for the team along the way.

The team at Pope AFB - one of three military installations the riders passed by on day one!

The team is settling in for the night in an RV camp near Selma, and will ride out early tomorrow morning toward Havelock and the Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station. The team is exceptionally grateful for all the contributions toward this effort, as well as the kind words throughout the last several months – and as we encounter people along the way. Thank you credit unions – and thanks to the men and women who fight to keep us safe.

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One Response to “Day One Recap: A Sweaty, Successful Ride to Goldsboro”

  1. Dan Schline Says:

    TLG…great job! Impressive first day ride…and if Bubba characterized it as the “toughtest 82 miles” he’s ever ridden it must have been an effort!

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