Police Unity Tour: A Sunny but Windy Thursday ride

Bob Kehoe, Mike Barth, Sandy Student

 

On Thursday, the Police Unity Tour riders journeyed from Edison NJ, to Wilmington DE. It is just incredible the logistics and planning that surrounds this event.
Imagine riding along Route 1 in New Brunswick early on Thursday morning and all the southbound traffic has been stopped to allow the cyclists to proceed on their journey to Washington DC. 

The early morning started out with rain and clouds but the weather cleared and it was a sunny, but windy day for the riders. How windy was it you ask, well, when we crossed the Commodore Barry Bridge to go into Pennsylvania the wind was more than 30 mph agains  the riders. I have never had to pedal downhill just to keep going.

It is truly amazing to participate in this event and watch the hundreds of cyclists from 45 states and foreign countries ride to honor the memory of fallen police officers. There are 815 riders today but these hundreds will join up with other riders at RFK stadium in Washington and become thousands of cyclists riding into Washington DC on Saturday to salute their fellow police officers.  It takes about 22 minutes for 815 riders to pass a static point as they head to Washington.

There are more than 19,000 names on the police memorial in Washington and unfortunately several more are being added this year during the National Police Week ceremonies. If you want to support the efforts of the Police Unity Tour with a contribution, please send you tax deductible check to Police Unity Tour, Evesham Police Dept., 984 Tuckerton Road, Marlton, NJ 08053.

Sunday’s Mother’s Day Ride

Don’t forget, this Sunday’s ride starts at 8:30am