Two Jayco motorhomes are serving as support vehicles for the Tour of Duty bicycle journey after the Middlebury, Ind.-based company donated the use of the RVs.
Jayco donated a Seneca 36FK and Greyhawk 31SS to the Tour of Duty, a group of 24 Australian and American military members, firefighters and police officers who set off on their bicycle journey across the United States starting from the USS Midway in San Diego, Calif., on Aug. 12 and finishing in New York on Sept. 10. Their 2,600-mile ride will stop in various cities across the United States to honor and show appreciation for both nations’ first responders.
“We are proud to get behind such a great cause.” said Derald Bontrager, president of Jayco. “Those that serve our country continuously carry out selfless acts of courage and deserve the respect and admiration that this ride represents.”
In 2010, Australian and American firefighters and police united for a relay run across the United States from Los Angeles to New York, where Jayco also donated the use of two motorhomes as support vehicles. After the great response in 2010, the Tour of Duty became an event of magnitude and pride as both participants and spectators reflect on the role and courage of the firefighters, military, police and emergency service personnel who continue to serve and protect both nations along with those whose lives were lost in the terrorism attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The ride is comprised of 20 stages across the United States and funds raised along the way will support the Wounded Warrior project and the New York Police and Fire widows and childrens fund.