27 September, 2013 14:01

First day is in the book. 365 miles completed. Plans were to leave at 12:00am, but we actually left about 11:45pm. Scott said a quick prayer for safety before heading out on Ft. Macon Rd toward Emerald Isle. We were alone until Jacksonville NC where we had a police escort blocking traffic for us through all intersections. Thanks to Ron at Computer Geeks for getting the tracking devices set up so you all can track our position live. Also, thanks to Sgt Williams and Sgt Peters for arranging an escort through Jax and Officer Smallwood for the safe travels through a busy city. Soon after leaving Jacksonville we ran into rain….and rain….and more rain. He was soaked. He went through three sets of shoes, shirts, and socks. After hours of rain, the clouds finally moved out and we were able to enjoy a clear afternoon and night. By the way, if any of you decide to bike west bound in SC…..don’t. We worked hard to find him a good route but always seemed to be heading in a terrible direction. Finally, after 21 hours of peddling, we arrived at the extravagant Executive Inn in Allendale SC at 8:45 pm.

Our goal is to keep Dr. Ross at his same body weight throughout the trip. So, we are constantly feeding him (Thanks Ms Julia) Nemon Marcus Bars , honey buns, cheese danish, and PB&J’s with a LOT of Gatorade. First day he had approximately 8,000 calories. While that sounds like a lot, it’s actually below his target amount.

During the whole first day of his ride, we remained 20 – 30 yards behind him. We have an amber strobe light on top with a big bright sign on the back of the bike rack. He remains safe thanks to all of the equipment.

As we hand Dr. Ross drinks and food out of a moving vehicle the one thing that he is CONSTANTLY saying, “Colt, Scott – Tell me some good news. Has anyone posted any encouraging words? Has anyone donated? Please tell me something good!!!” So for those who care, please post, comment on his instagram, facebook whatever you can find. We promise to get the messages to him. That seems to be the fuel that keeps him going.

Sorry if these writings are choppy and plagued with misspellings and horrendous grammatical errors. No time to proof read.

With a demanding schedule and the priority of Dr. Ross’ safety we may be able to post again tonight, but it may be tomorrow morning.

Thanks for reading!

Colt and Scott

57 replies
  1. Susan M
    Susan M says:

    Dr. Ross spoke at our church this past Saturday. He is amazing! His passion for the Boys and Girls Club was obvious. Stay safe on the ride!

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  2. MC Nelson
    MC Nelson says:

    I am so proud that Dr. Ross is putting so much of himself into this journey to help raise money!! My whole family cannot get over how awesome, philanthropic, and ambitious he is! Truly inspirational! I love the updates. ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep pedaling & chowing down when you can, Dr. Ross! I know your girls are so proud!

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  3. Narika Monroe
    Narika Monroe says:

    Amazing! You are such a great person who obviously loves people…praying for safe travels and great weather as you complete this event!

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  4. Martiel Ross
    Martiel Ross says:

    Tell Dennis that I saw Whitney Miller at the dentist office yesterday and he said to tell Dennis that he was about 10 miles behind him on his bike and if he would just slow down a little bit that he would be able to catch up.

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  5. Crystal George
    Crystal George says:

    Go Dr. Ross!

    So proud of you, my friends and I are supporting you along the way! I am spreading the word around too!
    We are constantly tracking you and checking your social networks. Over the summer, while shadowing with you I enjoyed witnessing your enthusiasm as you prepared for this day. Now I am delighted that everyone else gets to witness your enthusiasm and dedication.

    Prayers for safe travels, good health and better weather!

    Crystal George

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  6. Jody Odaniell
    Jody Odaniell says:

    Big brother, we are tracking you from Oregon. I shared your journey with all of my classmates at Willamette University. Two of them used to work at Boys & Girls Clubs in Oregon and one said when you are ready to do the West Coast trip :-), they have a club that you have to visit in southern Oregon!!!! We are riding with you in spirit, because obviously I could not be riding with you physically! Mark on the other hand wishes he was riding right there beside you the whole way… Love you a ton!!! Stay safe…

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  7. The McCormicks
    The McCormicks says:

    We are excited for you and wish you Godspeed on this trip! We are going to encourage others to follow you online (Kelsey’s 3rd grade class) and to support your effort to raise money for the Boys and Girls club! Keep pedaling and eating so you stay strong and healthy…the McCormicks (Mike, Pat, Nicole and Kelsey.)

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  8. Melanie Vanderhorst
    Melanie Vanderhorst says:

    Dr. Ross please know that the Vanderhorst family is praying for you! What a truly amazing accomplishment. Not only for the Boys & Girls Club but you personally are leaving a integral part of what will one day be your LEGACY. Many, many believe in you and pray that you know that "YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO GIVES YOU STRENGTH." Praying for Christ to be your full strength as you embrace and endure this goal. You are also putting Greenville on the map! LOL! Praying for your continued strength, mental toughness, energy, calories, safety and a time of personal spiritual growth! WE BELIEVE IN YOU! Curt, Melanie, Curt Camiron, Kalee, Quincy & Kevon

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  9. Melanie Vanderhorst
    Melanie Vanderhorst says:

    Dr. Ross please know that the Vanderhorst family is praying for you! What a truly amazing accomplishment. Not only for the Boys & Girls Club but you personally are leaving a integral part of what will one day be your LEGACY. Many, many believe in you and pray that you know that "YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO GIVES YOU STRENGTH." Praying for Christ to be your full strength as you embrace and endure this goal. You are also putting Greenville on the map! LOL! Praying for your continued strength, mental toughness, energy, calories, safety and a time of personal spiritual growth! WE BELIEVE IN YOU! Curt, Melanie, Curt Camiron, Kalee, Quincy & Kevon

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  10. Betsy Bryant Allen
    Betsy Bryant Allen says:

    God bless you, Dennis! Don't I remember your walking/jogging home with weights on your legs from Pace Academy? That must have been preparation for this.

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  11. Carol Greene
    Carol Greene says:

    Hi Dr. Ross! Emma Kate, Tori, and I are all praying for your safety and endurance. Emma Kate sure is enjoying having her braces off and just so you know…she's wearing her retainers just like you told her to! LOL Keep pedaling! It's a wonderful thing you're doing!!

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  12. Carol Greene
    Carol Greene says:

    Hi Dr. Ross! Emma Kate, Tori, and I are all praying for your safety and endurance. Emma Kate sure is enjoying having her braces off and just so you know…she's wearing her retainers just like you told her to! LOL Keep pedaling! It's a wonderful thing you're doing!!

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  13. Bruce Morton
    Bruce Morton says:

    Hey cousin. We've never met, but your mother (1st cousin on the Morton side) told me about your awesome adventure today. I am contributing and will follow your blog. If you ever make it up to the Seattle area, you've got a place to crash. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. Bruce Morton
    Bruce Morton says:

    Hey cousin. We've never met, but your mother (1st cousin on the Morton side) told me about your awesome adventure today. I am contributing and will follow your blog. If you ever make it up to the Seattle area, you've got a place to crash. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Misty Miller Marston
    Misty Miller Marston says:

    Dr. Ross the gifts are coming in and we are using the trip as a way to encourage and educate our kids here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pitt County! Words can not express our gratitude!

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  16. The Dunmire Family, Kevin, Beth, Alex, Emily (formerly of Greenville, NC)
    The Dunmire Family, Kevin, Beth, Alex, Emily (formerly of Greenville, NC) says:

    Really want to cheer you on from Madison, Mississippi (Jackson) when you get here. If we can find you we will be wearing our “Waiting to Straighten” and Dr. Ross purple and green t-shirts!!!! You are doing a wonderful thing!

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    • Scott
      Scott says:

      Dr. Ross would love that! Could be late tonight or early tomorrow morning depending on how much longer he has to climb these hills. We think it flattens out after Montgomery. Thanks for the support!

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      • The Dunmire Family, Kevin, Beth, Alex, Emily (formerly of Greenville, NC)
        The Dunmire Family, Kevin, Beth, Alex, Emily (formerly of Greenville, NC) says:

        We will keep following the route and will come out late or early if we have to…any idea what road you’re coming through on? (It flattens out somewhat :/)

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        • Scott Snead
          Scott Snead says:

          Kevin or Beth.
          Could you please give me a call at 252-531-7378. I have some questions about our route to Jackson. Thanks,

          Scott

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  17. Stephanie Collins Cogdell Johnson
    Stephanie Collins Cogdell Johnson says:

    MADDOX IS GOING TO LOVE KEEPING UP WITH THIS..SCOTT ALSO!!! PRAYING FOR YOUR SAFE TRAVELS…SCOTT IS ATTEMPTING TO RIDE 50 MILES TOMORROW MORNING AS HE TRAINS FOR HIS UPCOMING BEACH TO BATTLESHIP EVENT…CAN'T WAIT TIL HE WAKES UP AND I CAN TELL HIM HOW MANY YOU RODE TODAY…IMPRESSIVE!!!! KEEP PEDALING!!!! LOVE, THE JOHNSON SIX-PACK!!!

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  18. Stephanie Collins Cogdell Johnson
    Stephanie Collins Cogdell Johnson says:

    MADDOX IS GOING TO LOVE KEEPING UP WITH THIS..SCOTT ALSO!!! PRAYING FOR YOUR SAFE TRAVELS…SCOTT IS ATTEMPTING TO RIDE 50 MILES TOMORROW MORNING AS HE TRAINS FOR HIS UPCOMING BEACH TO BATTLESHIP EVENT…CAN'T WAIT TIL HE WAKES UP AND I CAN TELL HIM HOW MANY YOU RODE TODAY…IMPRESSIVE!!!! KEEP PEDALING!!!! LOVE, THE JOHNSON SIX-PACK!!!

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  19. charlie "choo" justice
    charlie "choo" justice says:

    Be sure to tell Dennis that Charlie Choo Choo Justice says that he “ROCKS”. 365 miles on first day – WOW! Way to go! Keep pedaling and enjoy the ride!

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  20. Scott
    Scott says:

    You all are awesome! Thank you for all of your words of encouragement and prayers! When we hand dr Ross food and drink we read him a few each time. Keeps him smiling!

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  21. julia and russ ipock
    julia and russ ipock says:

    Going to send more neiman marcus!!! you guys are doing a great job….sosososo very proud of you Dennis….sending up prayers for endurance and satety…..pirates looked good today…but not as good as you!!

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