FORT MYERS, Fla. - Dozens of bicycle wheels rolled into Southwest Florida Monday, all for a good cause. And they have hundreds more miles to go before they reach their final destination.
800 miles, over a period of 2 weeks, with one cause in mind.
"You're hot, you're sweaty, you're tired, but you get here, and it all becomes irrelevant," cyclist Kevin Albrecht said.
Cyclists and crew members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity wheeled into Fort Myers to pay a special visit to Lee County ARC.
"The folks know about it weeks in advance and they are talking about it for quite some time," LARC Executive Director Roger Bradley said.
They're participating in Push America's Gear Up Florida, riding from Miami to Tallahassee, cycling on average, 75 miles a day, all to raise money and awareness for those with disabilities.
One glimpse of the spinning wheels, and the crowd went wild.
"It's about the people we come to see on a daily basis," Albrecht said. "seeing us ride into a place like this, we go around in a circle 5 times, and every time we circle, they cheer just as loud or louder than the time before."
After they re-fueled, the cyclists toured the facility and even had enough energy to shoot some hoops.
"It's cool to see them," Randy Hill, who attends LARC, said. "I wouldn't mind trying it one time. Get in shape, get me a bike, I probably could do it if I tried."
Here's a good start. With the grant money the bikers presented last year, they were able to purchase 4 new tricycles. They hope to use this year's money to build a ramp at a residential home.
This is the 12th year they've visited, but the excitement has yet to fade on either end.
The cyclists also gave a bike safety presentation at St. Francis Xavier school, where they'll be spending the night. The team plans to arrive at the State Capitol on May 28th.