Veteran cycling across America makes stop in Manhattan


Chris Crifasi (Photo by: Sam Hennigh/KMAN)

A military veteran is biking across the country to raise awareness for the veteran arts.

Chris Crifasi (Cri-fah-si) is riding from San Diego to New York for Creativets. His journey started on May 2, and hopes to make it to New York in about 5 weeks. He’s raising awareness for the organization that works with wounded veterans through the arts and music.

When Crifasi first planned this trip, COVID-19 was not a part of the plan. However, he has been following social distancing guidelines when communicating his message to the public. Crifasi says his experience so far has been interesting and varying.

Crifasi has been tracking his journey through social media on Facebook and Instagram. The main thing he focuses on is taking pictures of the different areas he is in, while also taking veterans who are part of the program and explaining why he rides.

Crifasi was in the Navy for almost seven years as a logistics officer. His goal for the ride is inform people across the country of the work the organization does with wounded veterans. Crifasi says this ride has been something he has been thinking of doing for a while.

Crifasi started his trip on May 2 and hopes to reach New York City by the end of July or early August.


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Sam Hennigh

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