Local veteran bikes across America to raise support for vets impacted by COVID-19

Jacksonville Beach, FL. — Local veteran Dave Parramore pedaled his bike across America to raise support for veterans impacted by COVID-19.

Parramore’s journey started March 1 in Ocean Beach San Diego, CA.

Tuesday, Action News Jax was there when he finished his remarkable ride in St. Augustine Beach.

“I made it,” Parramore said. To mark the end of his journey, he dipped his front bike tire in the Atlantic Ocean.

Parramore served in the army for 26 years.

Action News Jax told you last year when Parramore cycled nearly 500 miles from St. Augustine to Key West for veterans.

This year, he wanted to go bigger.

“With 2020 we were so impacted as a nation. It hit us all personally, so we decided to step it up a little bit,” Parramore said.

The trip was roughly 3,000 miles.

However, due to a series of flat tires in New Mexico and dangerous weather in Texas, he biked at least 2,500 miles.

He said was less about the mileage and more about the connections he made along the way with veterans.

“The impactful relationships I was able to build across the United States were infinitely more impactful to me than the amount of miles,” Parramore said.

Parramore coast-to-coast ride helped raise more than $30,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

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