Kentucky Couple Rides Cross Country for Alzheimer’s Awareness

Kelley Dawkins and her Grandmother

One local Kentucky couple, Bruce and Kelley Dawkins, is doing something few of us would even consider. They are riding their bicycles across the country.

They’re doing this for a special cause, to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. Kelley’s grandmother had Alzheimer’s disease and now her mother who resides at Belmont Village St. Matthews in Lousiviille, KY, is in the late stages of it. Her symptoms became apparent soon after retirement, after working most of her life. 

On Friday, Bruce and Kelley Dawkins, of Louisville, are setting off on the cross country trip.

“Oh, we’ll probably average between 60 and 70 miles a day,” Bruce Dawkins said. “That’s what we’re going to try to do.”

They’ll drive to St. Augustine, FL and then pedal away, 3,400 miles to San Diego, CA.

“You sort of get in shape while you do it,” Kelley Dawkins said. “The first couple of weeks will get more challenging.”

They estimate the trip will take 60 days.

“There’s a part that actually goes through the Davis mountains in Texas, and once you get through that area its 87 miles with no services. And it’s hot. It’s the desert,” Bruce Dawkins said.

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