Ron is a CPA and Certified Financial Planner in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He is the owner and CEO of Dickinson Investment Advisors. The website for DIA is www.dickinsoninvestments.com.
Matt was a senior at Iowa State University majoring in engineering in 2014.
They completed the ride from May through August, 2014.
Ron and Matt rode the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail. This trail was developed in 1976 to celebrate our country’s 200th birthday, or Bikecentennial. Since then, thousands of cyclists have ridden this 4,200-mile route between Yorktown, Virginia and Astoria , Oregon. The trail is especially known for its focus on America’s heartland, scenic diversity, and historical interest.
Ron serves on the Board of Directors of VODEC, which is a nonprofit corporation assisting individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Matt has a surgically repaired hip, leaving him with one leg shorter than the other and repositioned at an offset angle. Eventually he will require a hip replacement. Just a few years ago, it was surprising to discover that he was still able to ride a bike. Matt has modified how he sits on the saddle to enable him to ride, but his leg does not reach to the bottom of his full pedaling stroke, thus limiting his power. Unable to run or to participate in many other activities, he has found cycling to be his love and outlet.
Besides a great father-son adventure for this trip, completing this ride demonstrates how Matt is overcoming his disability and “riding to his full potential.” Maximizing your potential – whatever that might be – is a family value of the Dickinsons.
The theme of “Ride For Full Potential” ties in nicely as well with the mission of VODEC, which is “to provide services to persons with disabilities in order that those persons may live, work and participate in the community in the least restrictive environment to achieve their full potential.” The website address for VODEC is www.vodec.org.