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Sam’s Ride for Peace

Affirm the Challenge; Ride a Mile

Sam's Ride for PeaceDear peace lovers,

My wife, Marie’s health has been a test as to where my priorities should be. There are solutions that have arisen that she will be cared for.

Marie has given her consent for my 5th Ride For Peace; she realizes how important a Peaceful World is to me.

Our Creator has left a beautiful world in place to provide all our needs. mankind has also been given a  choice; we can get selfish and kill, or we can nurture our gift and share.

Join me for our 5th Ride for Peace. Our committee has programmed an interesting, eight day trip. We leave the Bell Tower at NC State University at 8:00 am on Saturday, May 20th and arrive in DC on Saturday May 27st 

Sam Winstead

Sam’s Ride for Peace

The Logistics committee has worked hard to improve the route this year. Their goals were (1) to maximize safety of the riders, (2) to increase opportunities to interact with schools and colleges in order to better spread the message of peace, and (3) to select safe, appropriate camp grounds and locations so that riders and support staff have a common “ride experience”

There are four good opportunities planned to publicize the ride and its goals and each day will start with a chance for supporters to join riders to:

“Affirm the challenge – ride a mile”– 

Come meet us at the NC State University Bell Tower at 8 AM on Saturday May 20th as the launch activities begin.  Show your support by publicly affirming the World Peace Challenge and riding the first miles down Hillsborough St. to the Capital Building in beautiful Downtown Raleigh.  Want to ride further with us on our first day?  Come with us all the way (34 miles) to Louisburg College for a charming reception.  See our itinerary below:

Bell Tower Sam

Below is a description of the route and stops

Sam’s Ride for Peace 2017 Itinerary

(Includes Nominal (not actual) Mileage)


Day 1-Saturday, May 20, Bell Tower to Capitol; Capitol to Louisburg; hospitality at Louisburg College, 35 miles 35 miles
Day 2-Sunday, May 21, Louisburg to South Hill; hospitality by Slow Ed’s Amish Sheds, 55 miles 55 miles
Day 3-Monday, May 22, South Hill to Farmville; hospitality by Longwood University OR (Plan B) Twin Lakes Campground, $40/6 campers, OR (Plan C) Sailors Creek Battlefield State Park, 60 miles 60 miles
Day 4-Tuesday, May 23, Farmville to Richmond, hospitality by Catholic Church (where the Swords to Plowshares Tower will be set up) OR (Plan B) Pocahontas State Park, 70 miles 70 miles
Day 5-Wednesday, May 24, Richmond to Gum Spring, hospitality by Grayhaven Winery, 40 miles 40 miles
Day 6-Thursday, May 25, Gum Spring to Culpeper, hospitality by Church of the Brethren, 55 miles 55 miles
Day 7-Friday, May 26, Culpeper to Middleburg, hospitality by Glen-Ora Farm, 45 miles 45 miles
Day 8-Saturday, May 27, Middleburg to Washington DC, the Swords to Plowshares Bell Tower will be set up on the National Mall between the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 55 miles 55 miles

Want to register for the ride?  Request your registration form by sending us an email at filmsforworldpeace@gmail.com 

 Sam’s Ride Archive: See last year’s itinerary below

 www.igg.me/at/2015worldpeacechallengenew sam green


The personal journey becomes a challenge: Sam’s Ride for Peace is in collaboration with NC Veterans For Peace and FiLMS for World Peace to transform “The Ride” into a movement that reaches more young and diverse people. We are creating a network of riders from college campuses, other Veterans For Peace chapters, activists and beyond, to ultimately converge on Arlington National Cemetery ( Iwo Jima Memorial) where the challenge will be marked by riders walking there bikes around the graves of the fallen as they show respect for victims of violence from all over the world with the expectation that government representatives, veterans and civilians affirm the World Peace Challenge together before we deliver our call for a peace economy on Saturday, May 27th at noon.  The National Veterans for Peace will use the Ride to kick-off their Legislative  Week with the theme: “Move the Money”.

Our movie documents the character driven stories behind this movement from the 2014 ride and the realization that it needs to grow beyond its 90 year old leader, World War II Veteran-Sam Winstead, while he can still continue his annual 350 mile bike ride for peace.  None of the organizing team members live in the same city and are challenged by family obligations and threatening health to help realize a vision that will reach the youth in 2015 before it is too late.

You can learn more about how to get involved with the film, the challenge and the ride by visiting www.igg.me/at/2015worldpeacechallenge

Below, you can find the day by day maps of the ride by clicking on the links:

Links to maps on Map Quest


Route Link to map
1-Bell Tower to Capitol http://mapq.st/1KaPlrv
2-Raleigh to Louisburg (correct) http://mapq.st/1QgDXyg
3-Louisburg College to LaCrosse http://mapq.st/1bwDAQo
4-South Hill (LaCrosse) to Amelia Court House http://mapq.st/1KaO0AM
5-Amelia Court House to Gum Spring (Gray Haven) http://mapq.st/1ET0Zaw
6-Gum Spring to Culpeper http://mapq.st/1ESWnkP
7-Culpeper to Middleburg http://mapq.st/1JMTp4x
8-Middleburg to Leesburg (Note that on this map, we get onto the Washington and Old Dominion Trail at Purcellville, Trail’s End Bike Shop, and ride that all the way to Leesburg, so ignore the final part of the map from Purcellville into Leesburg.) http://mapq.st/1btkHh8


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