Lacy Betton has had an appetite for the open road since 1989, matched only by his desire to help his fellow service members and the Miami community.

Starting from a marker in Key West the morning of Independence Day, the retired Navy Commander will take on a monster motorcycle touring challenge: Riding from the southernmost point of the continental United States to the ominously-named Deadhorse, Alaska - and back, a motorcycle marathon of more than 11,000 miles, 1,000 of it unpaved.

Betton plans to tackle this huge journey on one motorcycle, one set of tires, through all weather, in only 22 days, during which he will upload photos and daily journal entries to his website: http://dadegraphics.com/images/Buffalo%20soldiers/index.htm.

The site has details of his equipment and route, will enable visitors to follow his progress through a donated GPS tracking system and has links to the worthy groups supported by his ride. One hundred percent of all donations will go directly to these charities.

The ride will support the Armed Forces Relief Trust, which provides funds to all the service relief agencies; Agape Family Ministries, which supports women and families who are recovering from substance abuse; Miami Rescue Mission, which has been providing food, shelter and counseling to the needy of Miami since 1922 and the First Choice Women's Center, which provides housing, counseling, pre-natal medical care and support for pregnant women.

"I love to ride, and would like someone to benefit from this journey," he said. Betton expects to reach the mid-point of Deadhorse on July 15 and return to Key West July 26.

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