Sixty two bike riders, who very much believe in the cause of treating, if not curing, arthritis, set out on a 350 mile fundraising bike ride from Astoria to Bandon this week. They stopped over in Newport Monday night filling hotel rooms and feasting on a scrumptious lunch at the Newport Yacht Club on Tuesday courtesy of some Newport locals and Bike Newport.
Arthritis Foundation spokeswoman Janet Lamb said riders have already done a lot of their own fundraising among their friends, business associates and families, including pledges per mile ridden. With a lot of that accomplished, riders can therefore spend at least a little time enjoying the beautiful scenery along the Oregon Coast.
Lamb says the group is closely monitored and protected along their weeklong journey with pace cars at the front and rear of the bicycle entourage as well as assisted by Bike Newport with their “repair shop” on wheels. From Newport, their next stop was Yachats. Then a longer jaunt on Wednesday all the way to Coos Bay with a brief stopover in Florence.
Lamb says all proceeds go toward research, education about and treatment of arthritis which can be greatly lessened if treatment begins early enough.
Other Arthritis Foundation fundraisers include the annual Jingle Bell Run and Four walks a year in Vancouver/PDX, Salem, Eugene and Medford.
For more information on any of this contact the Arthritis Foundation at Arthritis.org