From coast to coast, two Gold Star parents are remembering their fallen heroes by cycling for months on behalf of the Legacies Alive Organization.
From San Diego California to New York City, Michael Perich and Kaye Jordan are cycling for a cause.
“The inspiration comes from our kids because we don’t want them to be forgotten,” said Kaye Jordan. “Legacies Alive is a big part of that. Without them, it would be harder for us because they provide so much support to every gold star family that they meet.”
It is not an easy journey.
“We’re biking six days a week,” added Kaye. “We started out at about 25 to 30 miles a day and now we’re up to sometimes 50, sometimes 40, sometimes 70. “
It is not only a physical toll but an emotional one as well.
“There ain’t no tears holding back, it just happens,” Michael Perich said. “The whole thing of Legacies Alive is that they just don’t want anyone to forget about the young men and women that lost their lives in this fight against terrorism.”
In few months, this ride will come to a close at the World Trade Center Memorial, but it never truly ends.
“The World Trade Center is the goal, but the ultimate is that it never ends for gold star families,” continued Michael. “We lost our children and we can’t get any more. It will continue for me and Kaye for the rest of our lives.”
While they are the only ones riding they do have help along the way.
“Bryce, our guy here, he takes care of us. He does all of the hydration, the food, we have little snacks, he keeps us working hard, and telling us what direction to go in,” said Michael.
Having started in Amarillo this morning, their goal is to make it to Shamrock today, where they will spend the night.
They tell us if any Gold Star families are interested they would love to have dinner with you. To contact the families, just go to the Legacy Alive Facebook page.
Both riders say they appreciate the flatter terrain here in the Panhandle because it is much easier than when they were going through mountains in Arizona and New Mexico.
They also say riding alongside large windmills in the Texas Panhandle is a beautiful sight to see.