#beatcancer Ride to St. Pete – Day 26
Headed SE into the wind but I was able to cover 105 miles from St. Augustine to Titusville before days end with 6 ½ hours in the saddle. The ride along the Atlantic Ocean was very scenic ride…shared a photo on Twitter today because everyone should experience the beauty of the ocean.
Later in the afternoon, we stopped at McDonald’s to take a break and met a woman who shared with us that her son Max Hoare, a Daytona resident had been recently diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of 4. He is currently awaiting a bone marrow transplant. Today, the ride will be dedicated to Max, please keep him and his family in your prayers that God will bless and keep them strong.
We continued to head south to Daytona, wanted to make sure and add the Daytona International Speedway to the historic sites that we have passed along the way. Since it’sopening in 1959, it has been the home of the Daytona 500, one of the most prestigious races in NASCAR. The track was built in 1958 by NASCAR founder William France Sr. to host racing that was being held at the former Daytona Beach Road Course. The speedway opened in 1959 and has been the home of the Daytona 500 since inception. His banked design permitted higher speeds and gave fans a better view of the cars. Lights were installed around the track in 1998, and today it is the second largest single lit outdoor facility.
We are nearing very close to the end of the ride, with only a few days left. As we get close to the track in St. Petersburg, just want to remind everyone the mission for this ride. We set out to ride for 28 days, 2800 miles, in support of the 28 million battling cancer today worldwide. Please support us and make your $28 donation today, all donations will be used to expand our programs in 2011, including our Children’s Fighter of the Race program.