Archive for the ‘Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour’ Category

Havelock News Gives Bike Tour Some Love

June 22, 2010

As you may have read in the day two recap of the Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour, the day’s ride was a bit bumpy (quite bumpy, actually!). This caused delays for both the team and the fine folks awaiting their arrival in Havelock – including Reporter Ken Buday of the Havelock News.

Buday rolled with the punches and showed up after 5pm on a Friday (two hours later than expected) to cover the riders and the cause they were so committed to. Kudos to Ken for being so patient – and for such an excellent write-up, which appeared in today’s edition of the paper.

Read the words and see the pictures right here.

The Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour in Pictures: Gratitude at the End of A Long Journey

June 21, 2010

The Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour in Pictures: Ride Kicks off Smoothly!

June 21, 2010

Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour Coverage: The Jacksonville Daily News

June 20, 2010

Jacksonville Daily News Photographer Don Bryan takes a photo of TLG at the finish.

Reporter Hope Hodge and Photographer Don Bryan of the Jacksonville Daily News filed a terrific story on the Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour. TLG thanks this pair of media pros for coming out in the rain and doing such a great job!

You can read all about it here.


Day Three Recap: A Warm Welcome … & Our Heartfelt Thanks to You

June 20, 2010

The riders at the end of their 230 mile journey.

After the mayhem of Catfish Lake Road on the afternoon of day two, the team climbed back aboard their bikes and put in the final pedal strokes to Jacksonville! The final leg of the Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour started in Havelock and headed south by Camp Lejeune to Marine FCU’s headquarters location.

The riders, who had SFC Andy McCaffrey along for the trip, added another Andy in Havelock. Capt. Andy Davidson, a member of the US Navy and a Hope for the Warriors rider, joined us for the final day’s ride. He was joined by several other Hope for the Warriors riders who joined TLG about five miles from the ending point of the tour.

The third day was most uneventful, and a few rain showers helped to keep the temperature in check later in the morning when the ride was nearing the end.

Dozens of people gathered in Jacksonville to welcome the team at the end of the tour.

Meanwhile in Jacksonville, dozens of people from Hope for the Warriors and Marine FCU gathered to welcome the riders as they came off the road after the 230 mile adventure. They were joined by dignitaries from Camp Lejeune, as well as John Phelps, the artist who is designing a sculpture for the Hope for the Warriors Care Center at Camp Lejeune. Phelps’ son Chance was killed in Iraq in 2004. Chance Phelps was the subject of the remarkable movie Taking Chance, which aired on HBO last year. A portion of the funds raised by credit unions will be used for the sculpture to be placed outside the Care Center.

Tired legs and other aches were quickly forgotten as the riders were served a hearty lunch and honored for their 230-mile achievement. But really, this is the achievement of credit unions and credit union organizations that wanted to support a terrific organization that is meeting the needs of severely injured service members.

Raising $161,000 in nine months — and a good chunk of that total coming in less than a week — is the real accomplishment. That accomplishment belongs to each of you, and will provide hope today and in the future to soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who have given so much for their country.

From the time we began the this journey in Fayetteville and all the way to Jacksonville at the end, TLG was warmly received and thanked. Our only wish is that the many people who believe in this cause and supported it so generously could have been along for the ride — because all the thanks belong to you.


Day Two Recap: A Dust-up on the Way to Havelock

June 20, 2010

"Anybody seen Team Little Guy??"

Day two of the Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour was, in a word, eventful. After successfully manhandling the broiling sun on the trip from Fayetteville to Goldsboro on day one, the team awoke Friday to a bit cooler and less humid weather to start the day.

The team further capitalized on the break in the weather by starting a bit earlier than planned, and before Noon, the riders had already chewed up half the day’s route and sat enjoying lunch by a shady mill pond in the town of Trenton.

If the day had ended there, we’d be sunshine and smiles over 45 miles. But biking, just like life, doesn’t always hand you the crisp, neat Hollywood ending all the time. But it can make that ending all the more satisfying.

Leaving Trenton, Agnoli asks, "What could possibly go wrong?"

And I’d say the members of Team Little Guy were more than satisfied with ending day two.

As the morning pressed into the afternoon, the bright summer sun turned the comfortable start to the day into a fleeting memory — and the humidity that hangs over the coastal areas of NC started to bear down as the team pressed south toward Havelock and the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point. The support van raced ahead of the riders, taking the four lane comfort of US Highway 17  to the outskirts of New Bern and then picking up US Highway 70 and heading south to intercept the riders on the eastern side of the Croatan National Forest.

The riders, meanwhile, were taking the “road less traveled” from the small town of Maysville to the west side of the Croatan NF, where they would cross over and intercept the van outside Havelock. At mid-afternoon, the van and riders were separated by 17 miles and just one road — Catfish Lake Road.

(Cue dramatic, twist-in-plot music here.)

The support van headed down Catfish Lake Road, which quickly went from pavement to dirt with a smattering of gravel. The resulting dust kicked up by the support RV was one thing. The “helpful” washboard texture of the road made driving over it bumpy.

How bumpy? If anyone down that way finds my dental fillings, please slip them in an envelope and mail them back to me. Thanks!

The entire RV rattled as if it would come apart, even though Slack kept the speed down to about 10-12 mph. When locals breezed by in pickup trucks (what must they have been thinking??), giant plumes of dust would envelop the RV.

As we plodded along, my phone suddenly rang. It was E-man, who asked simply, “Where are you guys?” Replying with easily the greatest understatement of the ride, I said, “Catfish Lake Road. It’s slow going.”

Our riders, who were zipping along on the other side of the same road at about the same speed as the RV, got a kick out of that one.

So there we were – the RV heading west and the riders heading east. 17 miles of gravel, dust and washboard. Nothing to do but close the gap, pick up the riders and head back east.

About an hour and a half later, we were back on the pavement and turned the riders loose again. Just 10 miles to go until the riders reached the Marine Federal Credit Union branch in Havelock. Or put another way, just nine miles to go until Agnoli’s tire went flat. It was that kind of day.

TLG - dusty, but happy to be in Havelock

Nevertheless, TLG safely reached the end of day two a little rattled (literally!) and two or so hours later than planned. But the team was thankful for the folks at Marine FCU in Havelock who rolled with the punches and gave us a warm welcome, complete with snacks, when we arrived. The team was also very grateful to Ken Buday of the Havelock News for sticking around, talking to the guys and working up a story on the ride and Hope for the Warriors.

The team handled the days twists beautifully and went to Crabby Patty’s to have fish dinners and to laugh about the afternoon’s escapades.

No one had catfish.


Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour: Meet Andy McCaffrey

June 17, 2010

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SFC Andy McCaffrey is riding with Team Little Guy during the 230 mile Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour. Andy is a hard-nosed, dedicated cyclist who has definitely been setting the pace for the team along the journey. He’s a great guy and we’re pleased to have him join us for the tour!

In the above video, Andy talks about his involvement with Hope for the Warriors.


Day One: A Brief Update …

June 17, 2010

Just a quick post to let everyone know that Day One of the Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour is complete and the team is resting at the RV camp after a grueling 83 miles on the bike.

More details about a very eventful (and very wonderful) day one a little later this evening. Rest Little Guy Rest!


Bike Tour Recap: An Attitude of Gratitude!

March 23, 2010

What a wonderful day we had with the NW Chapter of Credit Unions! The Chapter pulled off its first annual Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour without a hitch on Saturday, March 20th! There are so many people and organizations deserving of thanks. Here are a few who come immediately to mind – if I’ve left anyone off the list, please add them in the comments section!

  • The NW Chapter for having the vision, passion and energy to create this new event!
  • The volunteers from the credit unions who showed up at 6:30 am and stuck with it to the end. You made sure all the riders’ needs were met! You  rock!
  • Mock Orange Bikes in Winston-Salem (especially Charles Von Isenburg), which committed time and support to helping the Chapter effectively plan the bike ride – and for supporting the riders on the bike tour.
  • John Spivey & Jennifer Betson of Allegacy FCU for committing significant time to the project, and for the members of the Allegacy Marketing team who designed posters, tee-shirts and wristbands for the ride.
  • The riders, who committed to giving up a sunny Saturday to ride for a great cause, and encouraged their friends to donate.
  • The more than 100 donors who combined to raise about $13,000 for Hope for the Warriors!
  • The riders who came all the way up from Jacksonville to ride with us, including Will Fetters, who slept in his car in Lewisville the night before!
  • The service members in Iraq and Afghanistan whose mission continues.

Thanks to everyone who gave so generously of their time and talents! See you next year!


For Team Little Guy Riders, LTC Heyden Is Constant Presence

March 22, 2010

What a beautiful day for a bike ride on Saturday! About 50 riders participated in the Hope for the Warriors Bike Tour, which was put together by the NW Chapter of Credit Unions. The Chapter did an outstanding job organizing the ride and making sure the needs of each rider were met! (More on that in a later post.)

For now, check out the above video featuring some of the Team Little Guy riders who were able to make it on Saturday. Each rider came committed to support Hope for the Warriors, an outstanding organization doing some wonderful things on behalf of America’s heroes.

But Team Little Guy has a hero of its own – LTC Thomas Heyden of CUNA Mutual Group, who is in Iraq through the end of the year. Though separated by thousands of miles – LTC Heyden is never far from our thoughts and prayers.

Each TLG rider has committed to wear a wristband that says simply, “LTC Thomas Heyden – 400 Days,” until he safely returns to NC from the Middle East. Stay safe, Tom.



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