A drive to raise money for servicemen and women who have been wounded while in the military has taken a new turn.
In fact it will be taking many turns, in a golf cart.
In an event that will cover over 4,000 miles beginning on April 29, off duty and retired members of the Coast Guard will be driving a battery powered golf cart across the United States to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. And more than just driving the cart, it will be the first time a golf cart will be driven across the country on batteries that are only charged by solar power. The trek will pass through 11 states.
The trek will begin in Petaluma, Calif. and criss-cross the country until they arrive in Yorktown, Va. Stops along the way will include many large and small towns. Price is slated for a visit by the cart on May 6, depending on weather and travel conditions or any other kinds of delays that could take place.
"We are looking forward to them coming here," said American Legion Commander Neldon Huff when he spoke with the Sun Advocate on Monday. "We will have an event when they get here at the Price Peace Garden that day."
It is expected they will arrive about 2 p.m. that day.
All participants on the project are donating their own time. Those that will be driving the cart or in support of it in various other vehicles that are on active duty will be taking using their own leave for the project.
To make the trip in good time the crew plans on driving the cart about 200 miles a day. That would be the equivalent to driving the blue yardage on all the holes at the Carbon Country Club over 58 times in one day. They will cross 13 states on their adventure and if all goes well they will arrive in Virginia on Memorial Day weekend.
There will also be two other stops in Utah including one in Delta and the other in Roy. From Price the cart will go on to Grand Junction, Colo. The cart will travel at about 25 miles per hour and is entirely street legal. It will also have a couple of support vehicles accompanying it.
The cart and idea was the brain child of Chief Petty Officer Ray Rehberg who is an electrician at the Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown. According to an interview with News Channel 3 in Hampton Roads, Va. he had the idea after doing research on lithium powered golf carts. After brainstorming with other off-duty and retired coast guard personnel, Rehberg realized he could combine two of his passions. It was then that the non-profit GO CARTS was born.
The public can lend support to the projects projected goal of raising $50,000 for the project by going to cartingforacause.org and donating.