A father and son from Council Bluffs spent their summer making the journey of a lifetime. It wasn't just about the adventure though, but also using the situation to help a local non-profit organization.
Ron and Matthew Dickinson, a father-son duo, can't get enough of life on their bikes. They love it so much, they recently finished a journey across the TransAmerica Bike Trail.
They spent just over 10 weeks biking. They started in Virginia, and went across the country through the Appalachian Mountains, the Colorado Rockies, and eventually finished in Oregon,
It was a chance for the father and son to bond, and for Matthew to overcome a hip disability. “Overall, it was a good experience. It's definitely difficult, but mostly just exciting to see new areas of the country," Matthew says.
The Dickinsons didn't just go on this bike ride for fun, but also to raise matching funds for an educational kitchen at VODEC for people with intellectual disabilities. VODEC helps people with intellectual disabilities reach their full potential in the workforce and community.
The kitchen, now under construction, was started by funds from a grant from the Iowa West Foundation. It's going to help those at VODEC learn to eat simple and healthy.
On their bike ride, Ron and Matt raised several thousand dollars for the kitchen, and awareness about VODEC. Ron says it made the trip that much better. “It's just a way to contribute. We were going to do this, and it was enjoyable for us, a big challenge for us, but why not help somebody else along the way?” Ron says.
VODEC is still asking for donations to help build the educational kitchen. If you'd like to help, visit their website.