WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – October 2nd, 1970, is a day Wichita State College modified without end. Two planes carrying Wichita State soccer gamers, coaches and boosters crashed on the aspect of a Colorado mountain, killing 31 folks.
Ever since that day, survivors and their households have been mountaineering as much as the wreckage that also sits hidden close to Silver Plume, Colorado. A tricky, practically vertical journey up will get more durable for many who survived, together with Rick Stephens, who by some means climbed out of the particles that day. In his 70′s, Rick says this journey, on the fiftieth remembrance, could also be his final journey up.
“You by no means know, you simply by no means know,” mentioned Rick.
His longtime buddies, Kelly and Paul Harrison, helped him make the journey. The three cycled from the memorial website at Wichita State to Fort Rock, Colorado. A six day trek, going practically 500 miles on their bikes.
Paul and Kelly made the journey for the primary time to the crash website the place their cousin, Marty Harrison, died It was an emotional day for each.
“No phrases, simply no phrases,” Mentioned Paul.
With household and buddies behind them the entire method, the journey was successful.
Rick says the lengthy journey wouldn’t have been doable with out the group over at The Bike Pedaler in Wichita. Particularly, proprietor Ruth Holliday. Rick says she has been an enormous assist in all the time ensuring they’re equipped and able to go for thier rides.
If you need to donate to the Memorial ’70 Scholarship Fund on behalf of Rick’s trip at this hyperlink: https://basis.wichita.edu/giving/memorial70ride/
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