Since 2014 riders in El Paso have been throwing on backpacks loaded with books and riding to schools all over the city. In 2016 a group of riders went on an even bigger adventure by riding over sixty miles of dirt roads in a two day adventure to take books to the students at the Dell City, Texas K-12 public school. Those ten riders laughed, suffered, cried and garnered memories that will last for a lifetime. Now it’s time for another epic Ride for Reading adventure – El Paso-style.
On Sunday, May 20, 2018 a group of riders will leave from somewhere on the west side of El Paso and ride 60+ miles of pavement on New Mexico Highway 9 to the small border community of Columbus, New Mexico.
The town has fewer than 2,000 residents and an elementary school with a very unique mission and story.The plan is for riders to carry two to three books per student on their bikes. That means 1,300 -2,000 books. Each rider will be expected to carry 15+ pounds of books in racks and bags on their bikes or in backpacks. Support vehicles will come along and carry camping gear and one small bag with extra clothes, etc. for each rider.
The cost will be $75 per rider to cover the expenses for meals, cargo vehicles and return shuttle service. (Discounts available for students and for those who the fee is a hardship – just ask.) If we have any more left over after paying all expenses it will be donated to Ride for Reading. No one is profiting from this event.
For more information, visit: http://geobettytours.com/ride-reading-epic-part-two/
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