by Stephanie Zepelin KTVB.COM
BOISE — Saturday was a beautiful day to be outside and almost 200 bikers took advantage of it as the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America spent its first day here in Idaho.
“We love Boise, Idaho. We love all of Idaho. It is the most beautiful state,” said one biker from Texas. It’s all for the nineteenth year of Kyle Petty Ride Across America. “It’s all to raise money for a camp called Victory Junction, which is a camp for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. We hope to raise a ton of money this year. We’ve raised about 12 or 13, 14-million dollars in the previous 18 years, and this is our nineteenth year,” said NASCAR driver and philanthropist Kyle Petty.
Petty says they raise money through fees paid by the riders, sponsor companies, and donations from fans. “He’s just the average guy, out there doing good for people so he’s a really nice guy,” said NASCAR fan Karen Scott. Petty said he rode motorcycles before racing cars. “The people that ride motorcycles and the people, the motorcyclists you see in the back, they’re such a caring, giving group that when you do a charity event, they’re just incredible,” said Petty.
“He was nice! I’d ride with him,” said biker Barbara Hotel. They’re taking off again on Sunday morning headed for Jackson, Wyoming, and they’ll end the ride Tempe, Arizona. If you didn’t get a chance to see them roll into town, they’re heading out from the Riverside Hotel in Boise Sunday at 9 a.m..
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