October 21, 2010
At age 70, Dianne Tripitelli Davis is determined to bike from Alabama to Mexico. But her goal is not only based in personal achievement -- she is biking for a cause.
Actually, one year ago, Davis didn't even own a bike, but propelled by her love of literacy and her 25 years of nonprofit work in a small community in Mexico, she decided to go on a 1,132-mile ride her "Tour de Lectura" or "Ride for Reading."
Davis hopes it will help her raise enough money to open a grammar school in the community. "Because if we can get a grammar school and take those children from preschool all the way through 8th grade, or eventually high school. We can get the next generation able to support themselves," Davis told WBRC
It is a mission for education and independence ... with a little time for adventure along the way. The ride is expected to take 2 to 3 weeks, biking 65-75 miles a day, but Davis did say she plans to take some off days to relax and enjoy the ride.