Son helps father finish bucket list ride

bikers-2A father and son duo from Colorado is cycling nearly 600 miles across the Gulf Coast to the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for Tour de Cure to support the fight against diabetes.

About halfway through their trip, cycling coach Brian Friend and his dad Gary stopped at Bob’s Bike Shop in Fort Walton Beach to take a much-needed break and meet with northwest Florida American Diabetes Association Director Lynne Cranford. In addition to raising awareness for diabetes education, the trip also represents the last stretch of an original cycling journey that Gary started with his friends nearly 25 years ago.

“My dad started this ride back in ’91 with his two best buddies,” Friend said. “He and his two friends Dave and Mac rode all over the country but they never made it to the Atlantic Ocean. What we are riding now is the last segment of the ride they started.” Read more in the March 6 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online.



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