Gear Up Florida stops in Ocala

Everyone was well rested from the day off and ready to ride. The days ride was 90 miles to Ocala. During the ride it was tough, it was the first time the team experienced some really big hills. It was difficult for much of the team, but everyone was strong and rallied behind each other.

Lunch was provided at mile 60 and was quick but filling so we could quickly get back on the rode. My pace-line lead the way and kept a steady pace for the last 30 miles and the team finished well before the planned arrival. We were scheduled to arrive at 3:30 p.m. at Blessed Trinity, but instead arrived at 1:15 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m. we arrived at a sponsored dinner and friendship visit at Tomorrow’s Equestrian Center thanks to the volunteers and Pi Alpha Mr. Matthew Brooks. Here we learned about how this facility gives people with special needs the opportunity to ride horses and compete in the Special Olympics. Many of the clients have won medals and placed in events. Overall it was a great day and the team is ready to get up bright and early for our ride to Gainesville!