January 10, 2005
Scott Sandry and Bobby Webber decided one night to embark on a cross-country road trip. Along the way, the two Mesa friends raised $2,800 for Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa, Fla.
Sandry, 20, and Webber, 19, took off Nov. 20 and alternately rode about 2,000 miles until they reached Tampa on Dec. 17.
Sandry did most of the bike riding, and Webber followed behind in a truck. They averaged about 80 miles a day before stopping at a hotel for the night. The two drove and biked through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama before reaching Florida.
Bill Sandry, Scott’s dad, said he underwrote the trip, so 100 percent of the proceeds went to the hospital.
"I think it’s good when you want to do positive things for people," said Bill Sandry, an environmental consultant.
Scott Sandry, a Red Mountain High School graduate and a man of few words, said the trip was "pretty tough." He rode through snow and alongside a deer and was hit by a car — but not injured — on the last mile of the trip.
The two were stopped numerous times by police officers who asked what they were doing.
Others stopped them to donate money.
One woman whose husband had just died and was helped by the Shriners donated what she could — $2.
Jim Kunkle, a neighbor of the Sandrys and a Shriner, helped coordinate the ride. He said he thought the trip was a great idea.
"It’s good when you can channel your energies in a positive direction," Kunkle said.