One state away from the goal line, a Greenville orthodontist's bike ride for charity was cut short by a car wreck.
Dr. Dennis Ross of Greenville left Atlantic Beach on September 25th on a mission: pedaling across America to raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pitt County.
The end goal was to ride into San Diego, California, the tires of the bike dipped in two oceans by journey's end.
According to the team's blog, the ride abruptly ended Thursday afternoon on an Arizona highway as a pick-up truck rear-ended the companion SUV traveling with Dr. Ross.
Posts say a man driving the truck never hit his brakes, and the SUV took the hit because swerving to avoid collision would have left the orthodontist in the clear path of the on-coming truck.
No injuries were reported, but 500 miles from the final destination, the team opted to end the ride and make their way home.
Dr. Ross' goal was to raise $75,000 for the clubs. At last check, donations were near $68,000.
For more about the trip and donation information, click here.
Greenville native, Dr. Ross, started pedaling with purpose at midnight Wednesday- the beginning of a cross-country adventure aimed at raising money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pitt County.
Ross' mission is to raise a total of $75,000 for the local charity.
To earn that money, the orthodontist has been training and preparing for a cross county bicycle ride that takes him through deserts and the Rocky Mountains on a nearly 3,000 mile journey.
Ross put up his kickstand in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina and will end the trip in San Diego, California. He anticipates the ride to take a total of two weeks, biking 18-20 hours per day.
Ross' blog about preparation says the trip will burn up to 17,000 calories each day.
With teams driving a sport-utility vehicle close by for the whole trip, Ross says the goal is to "help those kids that need your help the most."
WITN News at Sunrise will be chronicling the journey Monday through Friday, updating you on the air with how far Dr. Ross has gone each day and show you the progress of the ride.
For more about the trip, a live track of the journey, and donation information, click here.