Freedom Riders (L tpo R): Rodney Deese, Mike (The Dawg) Palmeri, Robert Cotrell, Brian Daily, John Carter, Kevin Moburg. Photo: Kendall Craig.
By Karl Rosengarth
With the 10-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks right around the corner, a group of firefighters from Atlanta, GA , are planning a bicycle ride to commemorate the lives of the firefighters and first responders who died that day. The Aaron’s Freedom Ride 2011 is scheduled to depart from Atlanta on August 28th and arrive in NYC on September 10th, 2011.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the Atlanta Fire Rescue Foundation and support the mission of Atlanta Fire Rescue. You may make a donation to the Freedom Ride 2011 via this web link.
This is the real deal. One look at their schedule and you’ll see that the Freedom Riders have their work cut out for them:
- Day 1: Atlanta, GA to Ellijay, GA – 90 Miles
- Day 2: Ellijay, GA to Cherokee, NC – 100 Miles
- Day 3: Cherokee, NC to Asheville, NC – 60 Miles
- Day 4: Asheville, NC to Little Switzerland, NC – 50 Miles
- Day 5: Little Switzerland, NC to Bluff Mt., NC – 70 Miles
- Day 6: Bluff Mt., NC to Rakes Millpond, VA – 100 Miles
- Day 7: Rakes Millpond, VA to Peaks of Otter, VA – 80 Miles
- Day 8: Peaks of Otter, VA to Charlottesville, VA – 105 Miles
- Day 9: Charlottesville, VA to Washington D.C. – 115 Miles
- Day 10: Rest Day in Washington D.C.
- Day 11: Washington D.C. to Cape May, NJ – 190 Miles
- Day 12: Cape May, NJ to Atlantic City, NJ – 50 Miles
- Day 13: Atlantic City, NJ to Long Branch, NJ – 90 Miles
- Day 14: Long Branch, NJ to New York City, NY – 60 Miles
Good luck to these brave first responders, who lay their lives on the line on a daily basis. May you have the journey of a lifetime!