SIOUX CITY, IA: – This summer, Siouxland Community Health Center (SCHC) employee, Ben Greene, will take the ride of a lifetime and give back to various organizations along the way. The 31-year old Greene, who serves as an interpreter at the Community Health Center, has been riding a bike since the age of seven but this Great Divide Ride will be the most challenging of his cycling career. The ride begins in Banff, Alberta, Canada and ends 2,774 miles later in Antelope Wells, New Mexico. Ben will complete at least 1,000 miles of the months-long trek through Canada and the Western United States.
As he pedals south, Ben will be raising funds for George’s Place, a clothing closet established by SCHC to provide new clothing to patients in need. The Community Health Center, particularly in the cold winter months, treats scores of children and adults who have little or inadequate clothing. Thanks to George’s Place, many patients are able to leave the Health Center with new, clean and weather-appropriate clothing.
The public will be able to sponsor Ben’s ride and support George’s Place by pledging for each mile Greene pushes his pedals. To support Ben mile by mile and contribute to George’s Place, visit and pledge as little as two cents per mile. A two-cent per mile pledge would result in a total donation of $20 should Ben complete his 1,000 mile goal. At the end of Green’s journey, he will report back how many miles he biked and donors will be notified of their payment amount. All contributions will be collected and used to purchase clothes for George’s Place.
Greene will start the ride in early to mid-June. The Siouxland Community Health Center will be providing periodic updates on the status of Ben’s ride on the center’s website at www.slandchc.com
Follow Ben while he travels the Great Divide Ride:
Here you will be able to follow Ben while he rides
June 15: In Whitefish, MT. We did 6,000 feet of climbing. Tough day. But tonight I am staying with a very generous family that opened the doors of their house to me. There are some incredible people in the world!
June 17: Another gorgeous day cycling along the continental divide! Half way there to the 1000 mile minimum but still planning on going to Mexico! Thanks for all the support. I hope you are able to see some of the pictures!
June 18: After 7 hours on the bike and three crossings of the Continental Divide I have made it to Helena. It’s the first time in a week that I have seen more people than wildlife!
June 19: A female rider was confronted by a grizzly bear and had to use her bear spray! We are in grizzly country. I do my best to scare them away with my singing down the trail!
June 20: Camped out at 7000 feet last night on the side of Mt Fletcher, MT. It was a cold night to say the least. I woke up to frost on my bike. Brrrr but the journey continues! Loving every minute of it!
June 21: I camped under the stars on beautiful Medicine Lodge Pass. All the hard work peddling up those hills was worth the view of the sun setting behind the mountains and the brilliant night sky! Off to Idaho!
June 23: Enjoying the Teton Mountains! What a beautiful sight!
June 24: Some anonymous man paid for my lunch today. There are so many giving and generous people out there that don’t look for recognition.
June 26: Today we went through the Great Basin of Wyoming. 97 miles without water. When you don’t have something, often times you learn to appreciate it more.
June 27: I made it to Steamboat Springs Colorado after a few bouts with mechanical issues. All good now and back on the road headed for Breckenridge!
June 29: Left Breckenridge this morning and came over Borea Pass. After a good climb it’s time for a BLT in the heart of Colorado (Hartsel)
June 30: Just climbed Marshall Pass in CO. Wow I am beat but ready to get back on the road to Mexico!!
July 2: This morning we tackled Indiana Pass. A 4000 ft climb over 23 miles. Rough to say the least. Resting for a bit and finally washing clothes. Will be in New Mexico today. One more state to go!
July 3: A rainy day in northern NM. Sometimes it felt like I was riding my bike through peanut butter. Happy to have made it out of the muck and back to civilization in El Rito, NM!
July 5: 120 miles today all on the pavement through the desert of New Mexico. Getting ever closer to Mexico!
July 8: 129 miles from the Mexican border! Almost there!
July 9: 28 days 2 hours and 34 minutes from Banff, Alberta Canada to Antelope Wells NM. Thankful for the great memories and so grateful to SCHC which helped make this trip possible!
Ben Greene is one crazy biker.
Piece of cake.
Late Thursday, Ben brought his bike to a stop at the New Mexico / Mexico border after pedaling 2,768.4 miles! He started in Banff, British Columbia and made it to the finish line in 28 hays – 2 hours – and 34 minutes. This was part of the “Great Divide Ride” that ran along the continental divide from border to border. As my niece would say, that is cra-cra.
Gentle Ben worked at the Health Center this summer and will be attending graduate school this fall in Wyoming (or Montana?) Every mile he racked up meant $’s for George’s Place – our in-house collection of new clothes for patients who need clothes. At the end, it looks like Ben’s efforts will net George’s Place about $2,000 and it couldn’t come at a better time.
Nice goin’ Ben….and thanks.
Photos on the ride: