Bert Bleven, 90, rode his bike 962 miles from his home in Louisville, Ky., to his second home at Whispering Sands on Siesta Key. His wife, Eve, flew to Sarasota from Kentucky and greeted him on his arrival Sept. 20.
It took Bleven 22 days to make the cross-country trip. His son, Dr. Kim Levins, rode about 450 miles with him, and his daughter, Beth Blandford, finished the rest of the ride with Bleven. They rode between 40 and 45 miles a day. Bleven promised himself years ago that he would make a trip like this every 10 years. The last trip was a decade ago.
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14 WinShape Camps for Communities
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14 Scrub Jay Jr. Ranger Camp - Scrub Ecosystem Week 5
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PHOTO GALLERY: Face Autism Skate Party
Face Autism Inc. held a skate party for families Saturday, July 11, at Stardust Skate Center. Families were able to rent skates and skate for two hours for free thanks to the Sarasota-based nonprofit founded by Colleen Buccieri. The Manasota roller-derby team, the Rolling Renegades, helped children skate. The team has skated with Face Autism families for more than a year. "They're great kids," says teammate Shylynn "Tess Tickles" Gamble.
PHOTO GALLERY: Dig the Beach
Siesta Key Beach transformed into a volleyball haven for the 2014 Dig the Beach Volleyball Series Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13. Professional and amateur volleyball players ages 10 years and up will compete in the day two-day tournament.
City presents preliminary budget
As the city works through the fiscal year 2014-15 budgetary process, it will work to cover a $3.6 million general fund deficit in the city manager’s initial budget proposal.