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NUMB Ride 2019

Congratulations to all the NUMB Ride participants and Welcome Home!! Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger (NUMB) has contributed over $1 million to alleviate hunger since the first ride in 1996. NUMB benefits the hungry in Nebraska and around the world.

This information is posted from the NUMB Facebook page. Check it out yourself at N.U.M.B. Ride for Hunger.

Chadron to Crawford

NUMB 2019 begins in Chadron. The high school football field and community pool served as the host amenities. A 6 a.m. Sunday breakfast will see riders off to Crawford. One of the photos has the ride by the numbers:

  1. 145 riders and staff
  2. 19 states represented
  3. half the riders are over 60. Merry from Holdrege is 80; and will play the organ tomorrow at Crawford’s UMC church service at 11.
  4. NUMB has now raised over one million dollars in support of hunger projects since it began 24 years ago! Go NUMB!
Group shot of this years ride participants taken in the Crawford school auditorium.

Breakfast burritos were the last warm thing riders remember for most of the ride today. A mid-50s morning and light drizzle made riders grab extra gear to stay dry and comfortable. Most riders made it to the lookout located past Ft. Robinson for a spectacular view of the bluffs and state park lands. SAGs offered quality snacks and support; and most everyone was in and eating lunch close to noon. The Crawford school supplies tonight’s hospitality with churches of the area coming together to offer Sloppy Joes and an array of salads and desserts for dinner. Entertainment followed with a preview of tomorrow’s ride which starts with a 12 mile incline as you leave Crawford on hwy 2 east/ 71 toward Hemmingford. The night’s program ended with a group photo.

Crawford to Alliance

Day three of NUMB 2019 was nearly perfect. Today’s leg started with a 12 mile incline instead of ending with it! The weather started cool and turned mild by mid-morning. Alliance … a wonderful host town and UM church. The food prepared by the women of the church was grand. The entertainment top notch and announcement that we are over $54,000 raised so far this ride. Riders are gearing up for a challenging Tuesday. The ride ends with many hills. We should travel through some beautiful country. Rushville, here we come.

Kim Wollin @ SAG stop helping “refuel” riders.

Alliance to Rushville

Another perfect day for a ride. The 70 miles from Alliance to Rushville were made mostly on hwy 250 turning north off of hwy 2 at Lakeside. What views! Wind to our backs; temps in the lower 80s, great SAG support and mostly smooth highway with little traffic … nice.

Riders arrived to quaint Rushville that sports several eateries and places of interest. The Twisted Turtle has particularly good Pizza. And fitting, since we saw many turtles both living and passed along the ride today. We even captured a big one in the middle of the highway.

Pastor Paul welcomed us and the meal prepared by the United Methodist women included fried chicken, cowboy beans, potato salad, green salad and cookies.

Awards were given out for fundraising. Levels included 1000, more than 1500 and more than 2,000. All contributing to reaching nearly $60,000 for the ride.

Ride Director Bill Ritter announced that next year’s ride will be the closing chapter for NUMB and will most likely start and end in Elkhorn, the starting point of the first NUMB Ride.

There was lots of entertainment tonight including singing; juggling, storytelling, and more.

Lots of appreciation was show between ride leadership and participants at the Tuesday night program in Rushville. Thanks a Million! was a thematic device throughout the ride. Nina Clark the program coordinator kept handing out thanks a million dollar bills to each participant and presenter. An art piece was created in from of our very eyes and attention was drawn to the Hansens for their gift of the semi truck and trailer they so graciously make available for NUMB; plus today were heard about their gift for helping others by towing Sarah Haskell out of quite a fix.

Rushville to Chadron

A delayed log for the last day of the ride. It was short and SWEET! A beautiful northwest sunrise; cool temperatures; fantastic breakfast by the women of the church; great host pianist from Cowboy Pastor Paul and many farewells and goodbyes. The last day of the ride goes so quick and people are eager to return to their homes so once the bike pulls in the check-in site, folks are off to shower, to eat and generally take off for home! I think the empty truck shot with Regina and Deb pretty much says it all (but I’ll have to post it later as I left my camera at my son’s house in Chadron). Thanks again to the Hanson’s for stowing our gear and toting it around. Until next year … when we’ll celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Nebraska United Methodist Bike Ride for Hunger!

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