Baker once again takes to his bike in Carolina Brotherhood Ride

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 2, 2017

Staff report

SALISBURY — Jay Baker, a battalion and division chief for the Salisbury Fire Department, will take part again this year in the Carolina Brotherhood Ride.

On June 13, the second day of the weeklong ride, cyclists will ride into Rowan County and make a rest stop at Rockwell Rural Station 51 before arriving at Locke Fire Department on N.C. 150 and staying overnight at Grace Lutheran Church.

That leg of the trip is in memory of Locke Fire Department Lt. Chris Phillips, who died in 2015 after responding to an emergency call.

The third day of the ride will have an early rest stop at Station 5 of the Kannapolis Fire Department.

The annual ride, now in its sixth year, raises money to support families of firefighters, law enforcement personnel and emergency responders from North Carolina and South Carolina who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The ride also raises awareness of first responders in general.

This year’s ride will be from June 12 to 17, covering a 625-mile route through the two states from Smithfield, North Carolina, to Beaufort, South Carolina.

Baker has been a participant since the inaugural ride in 2012.

The routes change each year. Follow the Carolina Brotherhood Ride on Twitter (@CarolinaBhood), on Facebook accounts and also on its website, which will have a live tracker of where the cyclists are each day.

Here is a daily itinerary for this year’s ride:

• June 12: Smithfield to Southern Pines, 78.6 miles. The ride leaves from the Smithfield Fire Department and has rest stops at the Benson Fire Department, Harnett County Emergency Services, Spout Springs Fire Department and Cypress Pointe Fire and Rescue.

Cyclists will stay overnight at the N.C. National Guard Armory in Southern Pines.

• June 13: Southern Pines to Locke Fire Department in Salisbury, 104 miles. Rest stops will be at the Seven Lakes Fire Department, Troy Fire Department, Stanly County National Guard Base, Rockwell Rural Station 51 and Locke Township Fire Department.

Cyclists will stay overnight at Grace Lutheran Church.

• June 14: Salisbury (Locke Fire Department) to Cowpens, South Carolina, 112 miles. Rest stops include Kannapolis Station 5, Huntersville Station 1, Lowell VFD Station 17, Kings Mountain Fire Department and Blacksburg, South Carolina, Fire Department.

Cyclists will stay overnight at Spartanburg Community College in downtown Spartanburg, South Carolina.

• June 15: Cowpens to Anderson, South Carolina, 82 miles. Rest stops, all in South Carolina, will be at Reidville Fire Department, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Liberty Police Department and Sandy Springs Fire Department.

Cyclists will stay overnight at Anderson Civic Center.

• June 16: Anderson to Columbia, 121 miles. Rest stops, all in South Carolina, will be in Due West, Greenwood Fire Station 1, Saluda Fire Department and Batesburg-Leesville Fire Department.

Cyclists will stay overnight at Dreher High School.

• June 17: Columbia to Beaufort, 127 miles. Rest stops will include Sandy Run Fire Department, Orangeburg Fire Department, Branchville Fire Deparatment, Colleton County Fire Station 18 and Colleton County Fire Station 13.

The last overnight stay will be at the Burton Fire Department.