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By Alex Kuhn
Sports Editor 

Roaring through Ten Sleep

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America makes a stop in Ten Sleep

 

May 18, 2017

DAILY NEWS/ Alex Kuhn

Ten Sleep schoolchildren lineup and wait for an autograph from Kyle Petty (right) Tuesday morning in Ten Sleep.

TEN SLEEP - The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America took the time to fuel up and mingle with the locals in Ten Sleep Tuesday morning.

As part of the Cody, Wyoming, to Deadwood, South Dakota, leg, Kyle Petty and his entourage of 200 other riders made a stop at the Pony Express. Even with the rain falling and their ride over the mountain becoming dicier by the minute. Petty and his crew still took the time to meet and sign autographs for the Ten Sleep schoolchildren and fans.

"It has been good so far," said Kyle Petty. "We went over Chief Joseph Highway and through Yellowstone and it was really cool and just beautiful. It has been a good ride."

The Charity Ride raises money for Victory Junction, Kyle Petty's children camp that was started in memory of his late son Adam Petty. The camp is a place where children with serious illness can "experience the joys of childhood and forget about being sick for a while."

Trekking through the country and raising money for a great cause while also getting to meet the locals along the way, it doesn't get any better for Petty.

"This is fun, look around. I love it, stopping in the small towns is more fun than some of the bigger towns," said Petty. "It's been a long, long, long, time. So it has been like we're going through it for the first time. Yellowstone was the best and just so beautiful."

Joining Petty on the Charity Ride were a number of celebrities which included NASCAR legend Donnie Allison, 1982 Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker, NASCAR driver David Ragan, and another Heisman Trophy 1980 winner George Rogers, to name a few.

For Rogers, who also enjoyed a successful NFL career winning Super Bowl XXI as part of the Washington Redskins, this was his first time on the Charity Ride and he's been enjoying every moment; especially during the bad weather moments of the ride.

"The best thing that ever happened to me was right here. I'm having a good time riding in the four-wheeler. I'm dry, watching movies and laughing at them. I get the best part of it. This is a great time and they put on a great thing for the kids and that's what it's all about," said Rogers.

Rogers added, "The stopping and going, signing autographs and just having a good time. Everybody that is riding you'd think they're a bunch of bullies but they're just as gentle and friendly as you'd want them to be. There's really good guys and ladies in this group. We're having a good time and Kyle and his wife deserve all the credit."

It has been so much fun for Rogers that he's already told Petty he wants to be a part of this Ride from now on.

"I will be back. God willing, I will be back. I'm signed up and they got me. It's a lot of fun, no matter where we go everyone has opened up to us. We've met good people and a couple mayors along the way. You have to see it to believe it, it's lots of fun," said Rogers.

Along with meeting the fans at each stop, taking in all the wildlife Wyoming has to offer has been a highlight for Rogers.

"I thought buffalo were extinct," joked Rogers. "They're everywhere. It's a lot of fun and I've seen more stuff than I want to see. Goats, cows, I've seen cows in the country before but not like this. Seeing the buffalo was like man. I've seen deer and antelope; we've seen so many animals we must be in one of those cartoon movies."

If you would like to donate to Victory Junction visit victoryjunction.org/the-gift-of-camp/ and to keep up with Petty and the riders live, follow along on social media:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kpcharityride and http://www.facebook.com/kylepetty45

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/kpcharityride and http://www.instagram.com/kylepetty

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/kpcharityride and http://www.twitter.com/kylepetty 

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