November 2016 – Diablo-6 – Veteran to Ride Over 10,000 Miles for Charity
The story of a war veteran and Purple Heart Recipient who plans to ride over 10,000 miles to raise money for two charities. This short article is based on an interview of Alejandro Hernandez on November 23, 2016 by Richard Cavin
Figure 1 – Alejandro Hernandez in Weslaco, TX on day 1 of his journey
It seems like Saturday, November 19, 2016 was my lucky day. I was riding my motorcycle along the access road near La Feria, TX when I spotted a guy battling 35 MPH wind gusts on a bike with a ton of brand new touring gear. His bike and gear weighed well over 100 pounds. Since his gear was new, I quickly thought this guy has to be local. So I promptly pulled over and had a short chat with him….just could not pass up the opportunity!!
His name is Alejandro Hernandez, from San Benito, TX. We exchanged names and I decided I had to learn more about him, his planned trip and cause.
A couple days later (November 23) I had the opportunity to interview Alejandro and quickly realized this guy is hard core and for real. I gave him some insights on touring, cycling and some suggestions on keeping in touch with hosts along his route via warmshowers.org. He quickly thanked me for the advice.
Alejandro is a veteran that served twice overseas in Iraq. Not only that, he is a Purple Heart Recipient who suffered injuries via a roadside bomb. Whenever I meet someone like Alejandro it gives me a warm feeling inside to know that people like him made sacrifices to protect our country. I’m not sure how old he is, but it is obvious he is in excellent shape. Alejandro explained to me that his job involved a lot of travel to remote places. In his job travels he would cycle, hike, rock-climb and climb trees? Alejandro explained to me he would climb trees in his work boots and often jumped from one tree to another, but readably admitted he had only fallen twice. When he explained this about the trees I looked him squarely in the eye; somewhat in disbelief…. I had no choice but to accept his stories of adventures as truth.
As I have written about in the past every once in a while I get the opportunity to meet other cyclists and people who have done some amazing things. For Alejandro, one of his biggest adventures is awaiting him. On November 25, 2016 at 6:30 AM in San Benito, TX I was able to ride with Alejandro for the first 25 miles of his tour and get to know him better. A small group of family members and a few friends of mine showed up to wish him luck. His journey is to ride his bicycle with gear over 10,000 miles along the outer edges of the continental United States. There have been others who have done this but Alejandro will be the first person I have met in person that plans to attempt the feat.
Why is he doing this? Well he wants to raise money for children who have been diagnosed with Cancer via the St. Jude Hospital and also raise money for Wounded Warriors.
Here are his fund raising links:
And here are his Facebook Pages:
Being an avid cyclist myself who has done some tours I realize what a formable task Alejandro will be undertaking. I have no doubt that he will somehow succeed in his adventure and will definitely raise awareness for the two charities he is riding for.
Please wish him well along his journey via the Facebook pages. Oh yeah, Alejandro Hernandez is the real deal! Good luck to him in his journey. Please help out with a donation to the cause via the links in this article. Spread the word if you would like.
I am often humbled by other people in my life and this is another one of those times.
If you’d like to discuss cycling, have comments on my short article and suggestions send me an email.
Richard Cavin, is a technology professional who lives and works in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) of South Texas and is also an avid cyclist. The tale of an ordinary citizen, a cyclist…..past, present and future. How cycling has enabled me to meet so many interesting people.
Until next time, Be Safe and Ride On!
Copyright 2016 © by Richard Cavin