Ride Origin

In 1997, Marie Nemec became aware of HD through meeting Carmen Leal, author of Faces of Huntington’s, on the Christian Writer’s Group list on the internet. In June 1998, at Carmen’s inventation, Marie attended he 13th Annual HDSA Convention in Denver, CO. After this experience, she was deeply touched. Her Christian faith required action; “… let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth” (1 John 3:18). Marie met Charlotte Reicks through a mutual friend, and the trio rode across America together in 1999. In 2008, Marie joined Charlotte as a “bicycling Grandma,” with the birth of her first grandson. Two years later, a second grandson was born during the 2010 “Coastin’ to Carolina” ride. Charlotte has three adult grandchildren plus two great grandchildren. Charlotte and Marie took early “retirement” in 2019 for health and family reasons.