2020 Day 1 Recap
Friday September 11, 2020
Today was the start of our 20th ride, that was much like our first ride in 2001 in that we were facing unprecedented times. Today much like in 2001 we knew that quitting was not an option. Our careful planning allowed us to safely have 3 teams of 6 riders leave Kelowna and finish in Osoyoos to cover the first leg of the 20th ride. We were joined by 6 special guest riders this year, who allow us to continue helping the kids in our region who need it most.
The 3 teams left the RCMP South East District HQ this morning, spaced 30 minutes apart. With a rest in Peachland and Summerland, where we had a visit from the RCMP Veterans Association and donations received, the team had lunch in Penticton before heading south. A short visit in Oliver for a break with the Lioness Club, who has been hosting the Cops for Kids team since 2001. We cherished our visit, albeit short and distant. We look forward to the hugs next year.
All 3 teams arrived in Osoyoos safely with their escort, where they were met by the prior arriving teams and cheers. A very hot day, that ended with smoke covering Osoyoos Lake, waiting for tomorrow’s climb and journey onto Grand Forks.
For the remainder of the team who were not a part of the designate crew we heard that Robyn covered miles in Golden with his own escort into town, the Penneys juggled kids and vehicles to cover their miles south towards Osoyoos, while Michel cycled around the South Okanagan, Carl was east on Hwy 6 towards Cherryville, Rob rode around the Kootenays and more. These riders safely completed their 100km commitment for the day and we look forward to seeing them later this week on their designate days.
Below are some photos of both the designate teams and the home riders sharing their adventures. We look forward to Grand Forks tomorrow.
Retired Staff Sergeant Major, Ride Captain, Julio Krenz.
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