Greenville orthodontist set to finish ride across country

Greenville orthodontist set to finish ride across country (Reporter: Amanda Brannon)

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - A local orthodontist who is biking to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Pitt County is flying to Phoenix Thursday morning to finish his bike ride across the country.

Dr. Dennis Ross' trip across the country was cut short in October due to a car accident in Arizona.

A pick-up truck slammed into an SUV driven by Ross' brother-in-law and nearly hit Ross.

"It was a little bit scary. In fact it was a lot scary and thought that I was probably done. I didn't feel like I had anything to prove but as time went on and my personality kind of kicked in, I just decided we needed to finish what we started," he said.

Dr. Ross will fly to Phoenix with his crew Thursday morning. The group then plans to drive 200 miles to the crash site and that's where Ross plans to hop on his bike.

He plans to make the 550-mile ride to San Diego in 48 hours.

"We'll start in the dark. I'm going to try and knock out 120-140 miles on that first night," Dr. Ross said.

Ross said the hardest part may be the cold weather. Temperatures are expected to dip into the 30's at night.

"Some people say I'm crazy to do it, others expected it," he said.

However, he said he is prepared.

"We're taking extra chains, extra tires, extra tubes, extra everything. So, if the bike breaks we'll have stuff to fix it," Ross said.

Since Dr. Ross started biking two years ago, he's raised $170,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Pitt County.

"Whether it's to see Dr. Ross in pain or they do it for the kids or whatever that people will donate $20 here, $50 there, whatever they can donate to help the kids in the area," Ross said.

Dr. Ross said once he gets to San Diego, he plans to dip his tires in the Pacific Ocean.

When he started the trip initially in Atlantic Beach, he dipped his tires in the Atlantic Ocean.

Ross is set to return to Greenville Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

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