Carson City is frequently used as a stop for cross country tourers. It’s the last big rest stop before crossing the Nevada desert on Highway 50 to the east, or a place to recharge the legs before crossing the Sierra Nevada mountain range to the west. On May 28th, I went down to the capitol building to meet the Sea to Shining Sea tour as they rolled into town. They were met with a warm welcome including a speech from the Governor and a beautifully sung Star Spangled Banner by Miss Nevada.
So why all the special treatment? From the Nevada Appeal:
Before leaving San Francisco on May 22 on a 4,000 mile journey to Virginia Beach, Va., the group, comprised mostly of veterans disabled in war, dipped their back tires in the Pacific Ocean. At the other end they’ll dip their front tires in the Atlantic. The goal is to prove that disabled Americans can lead productive lives and accomplish seemingly insurmountable feats.
Here’s a look at a couple of the bikes they were riding.
Jeff Resler is the guy that told me the tour was coming through Carson. He met them the next morning, and rode with them all the way to Fallon!
The full story can be read over on the Nevada Appeal HERE.
Follow the Sea to Shining Sea tour on their website HERE.