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Sam’s Ride for Peace Day 2 Monday, April 30
The original 7 riders who departed the NC Capital in Raleigh on Sunday, April 29 were reduced to the 3 elder bicyclists, 64 year old Fred Mauney, 68 year old Joe Winstead, and 86 year old WW II Marine veteran Sam Winstead for Day 2 of Sam’s Ride for Peace. Mr. Winstead, a retired farmer from Person County, NC, launched the 7 day, 360 mile bicycle Ride for Peace bound for Washington DC.
The riders departed the Scottish Inn in Henderson, NC at 8:00am with advance scouts Wally Ewalt, 77 and Ted Zeller, 79 marking the route ahead, and Bert Gurganis, 64, driving the caution vehicle behind the bicyclists. At least that was the plan. Somehow Bert got ahead of the riders without realizing it, and the geezers breezed past their turn on Nutbush Rd, sailing northwest on NC 39. It was a beautiful morning and the cyclists made great time. It was just in the wrong direction, and out of cell phone range. By the time Bert intercepted them they were well off course and had to be ferried to South Hill to get back on the right track. After lunch at the Horseshoe Restaurant, the riders resumed their heading north to Blackstone. For the afternoon ride, Bert kept Sam & company in sight.
After an impromptu visit to Bobcat Radio station 93.5 FM for a live broadcast interview with host Jack Daniel, the crew arrived at the home of Connie Moss who was hosting the riders and support crew while in Blackstone. Connie treated the visitors to a burrito dinner with all the trimmings, fresh baked brownies and strawberries for dessert. The party included Connie’s children, Rose, Cory and Coulter, friends Callie and Dan (with fresh produce from their farm), Kay and Mike, who walked across town instead of driving as a tribute to Sam’s Ride, and Blackstone photographer Jill. Kay returned Tuesday morning to help Connie fix a hearty breakfast before the Ride continued north toward its May Day host, the Grayhaven Winery in Gum Spring.
Sam’s Ride for Peace is scheduled to arrive at Lafayette Park in Washington DC on Saturday, May 5th for a 2:00pm Rally for Peace. Intermediate stops are planned for Culpeper, Wednesday, May2, Middleburg on Thursday, and Leesburg on Friday, before riding the Washington & Old Dominion Bike Trail into DC on Saturday. Find more information on Sam’s Ride for Peace at www.ncveteransforpeace.org.
Reporting by John Heuer