John Beaver is currently pedaling his way from Vancouver, British Columbia, to the Mexican border, in an effort to raise awareness and get donations for the Firefighters’ Burn Institute in Sacramento.
Beaver, 53, of Placerville is retired from the El Dorado County Fire Protection district and first became involved with the institute during its yearly Fill the Boot fundraisers.
“They provide support, either financial or rehabilitation, for firefighters burned on duty, for those who have received burn injuries,” Beaver said. “They also have a yearly camp for kids who have been burned.” He said the organization is “awesome,” noting that it was started after a plane crash in 1974.
In his own attempt at a fundraiser, he decided to pedal from the top of the country to the bottom with no vehicles shadowing him. “It’s completely self-supported,” he said of his journey, what he calls the Hopes and Dreams Ride. “There’s no shadows. I’ve got camping gear and I’ll camp every night. I’ve got mechanical tools. It differs from a lot of the rides happening lately.”
The ride will take 28 days, he said, and he will take a single Monday off after two weeks. He will end on Sept. 19, having started Aug. 19.
According to his blog, his first day on the road went well, though he did get lost and have to take a detour. He rode about 77 miles his first day.
Beaver will be updating his blog, which can be found at http://www.hopesanddreamsride.blogspot.com/
Donations can be sent to the Firefighters’ Burn Institute at http://ffburn.org/.