by Tim Church
BRANSON, Mo. – A local man riding his high wheel bicycle across the country is back on the road again after being struck by a hit and run driver Monday morning, in Arkansas.
On June 23rd, Rick and Darla Stumpff began their journey of over 1600 miles from International Falls, Minnesota to New Orleans, Louisiana.
After almost four weeks of riding, Rick was just outside of the small town of Turrell, Arkansas when a vehicle came along and sideswiped him and his Penny Farthing bicycle:
Rick says compared to his bike, which is un-rideable, his injuries were only minor in nature. Rick shares James Allen, a friend of the family from Springfield, made the drive down to bring a new bike for him to ride.
Rick and Darla are making this journey of over 1600 miles to raise money for Camp Barnabas and “In Honor of Adam Gasper and In Memory of Kody Essary.”
Rick says the plan is to still make it to New Orleans by Monday, July 18th, in celebration of his 50th Birthday.
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Camp Barnabas is a Christian summer camp dedicated to providing summer camp experiences to people with special needs, physical or intellectual challenges and their siblings from throughout the United States.
Rick and Darla are the owners of Stumpff Funeral Home in Kimberling City and Rick also serves on the Table Rock Community Bank board of directors.
Anyone interested in donating to Camp Barnabas, can make their donation to the High Wheel North to South account set up at the Table Rock Community Bank, at either the Branson West or Kimberling City branches.