Cross country bikers make stop in Morgan County

Hunter Sprague | Global Nomads

The tough 95-mile ride is only a fraction of their 3,650-mile journey from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.

These men, all members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, are participating in the The Ability Experience’s Journey of Hope. This event, which is now in its 28th year, will raise more than $500,000 for people with disabilities.

Each day participants ride 40 to 120 miles and spend their afternoons doing outreach events in local communities. In Fort Morgan, they had dinner and a social event with people with disabilities from the community. The following morning, they were treated to a hotcake breakfast at McDonald’s to help fuel them up for their 85-mile ride to Wray. Diane Sprague, the owner of the McDonald’s in town, agreed to sponsor the breakfast at her store as her son participated in the cross-country ride back in 2011.

“We’re proud to have hosted the Journey of Hope Team this year,” Sprague said. “These young men are supporting a great cause and we are proud to be part of it. We look forward to doing it for many years, to come and aim to continue to reach out to our local community.”