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1600 Jet Ski ride for charity ends in Spanish Fort

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A group of friends found a unique way to raise money for charity doing what they love.  Members of PWC Adventures left Minnesota 10 days ago on their personal watercraft and finished their ride Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Spanish Fort.  The six friends raised money along the way to help a Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter in Illinois raise enough money for a van. 

As the PWC Adventures crew neared their destination, they sent out a notice on a live stream to their followers from the Mobile River.

“Alright, guys.  Headed to Mobile,” one of the riders could be heard saying from the Mobile River Ship Channel.  “Just pulling in here and I got a pipeline laying across the channel, so I’ll see what we can do to get by this and we’ll see you guys shortly at the welcoming party.”

Before long, the group of six was pulling up at the Bluegill Restaurant, marking the end of a 10-day journey through the heartland with one goal in mind…raising money to get a DAV chapter in Moline, Illinois a much-needed van for its veterans.

“It’s been amazing.  The people on the water are awesome,” said team leader, Joey Freeman.  “The people on the river, from Minnesota all the way down to where we stayed last night in Alabama, everyone on the water is great.  We got a few donations on the water because people wanted to know what we were doing.”

The riders navigated 1,621 miles and arrived on schedule for a noon lunch to celebrate the accomplishment.  Along the way, they had to navigate multiple river systems and nearly 30 locks and dams.  This adventure for a cause is something they won’t soon forget.

“Today was a short ride, an easy ride.  We did a little over a hundred and twenty miles,” said team member, Joe Kaminski as he got off his ski and kissed the dock.

The trip was coined, Rocking the River – Minneapolis to Mobile 1500.   Lunchtime diners took notice of the group quickly, wanting to know what was going on.

“We were here just enjoying ourselves, having a good lunch and all of a sudden, this big event,” said Barry Silverman.  “We found out about it so it was great that we were here to watch it, but that sounds like a wonderful adventure they had.”

“The people that do that stuff, how altruistic.  It’s just so much.  I’m without words,” added George Fuller.  “This is a Vietnam vet behind me too.”

To see highlights from the Minnesota to Mobile 1500 adventure or to support its cause, visit them online at pwcadventures.com

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