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Canada-U.S. veterans ride hits Wyoming Valley

Cyclists en route from Ottawa to Washington

By Steve Mocarsky, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader

American Legion Hall welcome sign.
The American Legion Hall welcomed the team. Photograph by Van Brison.

June 28, Wilkes-Barre, PA — Some are blind. Some have artificial limbs. A few of them still can’t sit with their back to a door because of post-traumatic stress disorder. Yet, they’re on a nearly 800-mile bicycle and hand cycle trek to the nation’s capitol.

And they all stopped in the Wyoming Valley on Friday to have dinner and catch some shut-eye.

Twenty disabled veterans from Denmark, Canada and the United States were joined by about 10 able-bodied vets to participate in the CanAm Veterans’ Challenge — a two-week bike ride that started in Ottawa, Ontario and will culminate in Washington, D.C. on July 4.

Marina Libro receives a helping hand on a climb.
Veteran Marina Libro receives a hand on a steep climb June 28. Photograph by Van Brinson.

World T.E.A.M. Sports, the organization collaborating with Soldier On Canada and Wounded Warriors Canada to put on the 766-mile ride, chose Best Western Genetti Hotel and Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre as a dinner stop, and the Hilton Garden Inn in Wilkes-Barre Township for the group’s overnight accommodations as the cyclists pass through this part of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Amanda Salvo, Hilton Garden Inn sales manager, said the hotel is providing discounted stays and breakfasts and free drinks at the bar to the cyclists. “What they’re doing is unbelievable; the amount of endurance and stamina they have to go 700-plus miles is remarkable. We’re very honored and proud they chose to stay with us.”

Read the full story at the Times-Leader web site.

500 mile marker.
The CanAm team passed 500 miles on June 29. Photograph by Van Brinson.