PNT Staff Report
The Journey of Hope will make its seventh annual visit to Portales on Monday.
Journey of Hope involves a team of about 30 bicyclists riding across the country to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities.
The bike riders will arrive at the Roosevelt County Courthouse in Portales at about 1:30 p.m., where Mayor Orlando Ortega Jr. will issue a proclamation for the event, according to a news release.
City officials encourage the public to welcome the bicycle team, which will perform a puppet show on the east side of the courthouse.
“Bring your children and a blanket and enjoy the performance,” said Veda Urioste, deputy city clerk, in a news release.
The riders will be coming from Roswell and head to Muleshoe, Texas, when they leave Portales, said Gerald Bohulano, public relations coordinator for Push America. They ride an average of 75 miles a day and are scheduled to reach Washington, D.C., on Aug. 16.
Journey of Hope is part of Push America, a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity organization. Push America focuses on service leadership, construction and cycling, with an emphasis on awareness of disabilities.
Each of the riders had to raise at least $5,000 to participate, said