Exactly a year after he was intentionally struck by a driver in an SUV, Tom Bay took a special bike ride to show how far he’s come.
Bay was hit at 10:55 a.m. on July 22 last year, so this year, he started riding a 22-mile trail at 10:55 a.m. He began the ride in his hometown of Shippensburg.
“My grandparents used to live in the house that’s straight ahead of me,” said Bay. “My father used to play high school football in the field behind me.”
It hasn’t been an easy road for Bay. He fractured his hip and elbow.
“I have plates and pins and both,” said Bay. “Once I started my rehab, then I had a pulmonary embolism.”
“I just remember the tragedy,” said Ken Mengel, who has cycled with Bay for almost 30 years and was with him when the crash happened. “Just an awful experience.”
Mengel also saw the months of physical therapy that followed.
“He just kept working and working and pushing himself,” said Mengel.
Bay’s love for the sport made him pedal on.
Sunday was Bay’s longest ride since the crash. He rode with Mengel and his family.
“Nothing better than riding a bicycle,” said Bay. “I’m doing this for myself, but I’m also doing this for all of the people that said prayers for me. I’m also doing it in honor and memory of any of the bicyclists that won’t get a chance to ride.”
South Londonderry Township police say the investigation into who hit Bay is ongoing. The department is still looking for tips.
“I still cannot swing my hips over the bike,” said Bay. “I do not have enough mobility or flexibility in my hips, so I just walk over the bike and step over, and then when I start to ride, my seat comes up.”
Bay is continuing to heal.
“The tunnel has been long, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel,” said Bay.