105 riders and then some. The large pack of riders swarmed the Pearl River Resort in Philadelphia as part of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America. One of those riders was Former NFL Great and Heisman Trophy Winner, Herschel Walker. This is one way he likes to give back.
"I think not just athletes and entertainers, but us all because we have a responsibility to help young people and a responsibility to our fellow man to give back to help them because we're not here alone. I think we've got to realize we are not in this world alone and we are here as a team. If we work as a team we can get a lot of things done," explains Walker.
The riders' journey started in Indian Wells California. Randleman North Carolina is the end destination. The purpose behind this 3800 mile-trek is to raise money for Victory Junction. The camp helps children with chronic illnesses. Kyle Petty, the Nascar star, started this camp after his son Adam died in 2000 during a practice run for a race.
Now these bikers have been stopping at three to four different cities every single day since last Saturday. Even after all of the autographs, fans, and pictures, it really boils down to the cause of the ride.
"It's worth it when you see the kids. That's when it's worth it. Riding motorcycles is always fun. I'd ride everyday. I think most of these people would. When you pull into the camp it doesn't matter how cold it gets or how hot it gets, or how tired and sweaty you get, you know it's worth it," exclaims Kyle Petty.
After sixteen years of riding cross country, Petty and the charity ride have donated more than 13 million dollars to Victory Junction and other children's charities.