Cyclists headed from San Francisco to Ground Zero to honor 9/11’s first responders are stuck in Jackson Hole.
And it isn’t just some ordinary team.
The “Bay 2 Brooklyn” team is comprised of veterans, firefighters and EMTs, who left San Francisco on Aug. 1 to ride their bicycles to the Brooklyn Bridge and Ground Zero for the 20 Year Anniversary of 9/11.
“We are all retired and active firefighter and military. There’s also three of us that are support drivers,” said Bay 2 Brooklyn group team member, Aurelio Perez.
“We are now approaching the 20 year anniversary and want to remember the 343 and the thousands of military personnel that have given their lives since 9/11,” read the team website.
But today, when their 2021 Chevy Tahoe broke down on the way back from a grocery run, the team lost some momentum. After contacting General Motors, the group was told that it would be six weeks until the vehicle could be fixed. The thing is, they don’t have time to spare.
We don’t have six weeks to wait and they don’t know how long it’s going to take to repair. We’ve been planning this trip for over a year and New York Fire Department is expecting us on Sept. 11 for a ceremony there,” said Perez.
While the cyclists plan to leave tomorrow to stay on scheudle, it increases their safety risk. On top of this, food and other supplies will become an issue for the cycling team. A support vehicle is essential for their trip.
However, they have found no luck in finding a replacement vehicle and have asked the Jackson community for help to get them to their final destination in New York.
“The fire station here in Jackson Hole is hosting us tonight, there’s 13 of us here sleeping in an empty station.”
The team may have a roof over their heads for the night, but the trajectory of the remainder of their trip is now uncertain.