ABINGDON, Va. — A neighborhood husband and spouse have made it attainable for 2 bike restore stations to be put in on the Virginia Creeper Path in reminiscence of their pal, who not solely impacted the lives of a variety of folks, however was additionally an avid bicycle owner.
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Dwayne Ball, chairman of the Washington County Board of Supervisors, and his spouse, Whitney, made a contribution to the Virginia Creeper Path Conservancy (VCTC), making it attainable to buy the bike restore stations — one at Alvarado Station and a second to comply with later this summer season in Watauga, each places alongside the path.
The couple’s financial donation was in honor of their pal, Dr. Samuel Hughes Melton, of Bristol, Virginia, who died in 2019 from accidents sustained in a motorized vehicle accident. On the time of his dying, Melton was commissioner of the Virginia Division of Behavioral Well being and Developmental Providers.
Later, throughout a visit to Montana, Ball seen a motorbike restore station alongside an out of doors path.
He instantly knew that was how he needed to honor his pal and biking accomplice.
“Hughes and I used to experience the Creeper Path collectively some. We’d meet and experience earlier than church on Sundays — loads of occasions earlier than daylight,” Dwayne Ball mentioned. “I knew the Creeper Path didn’t have a motorbike restore station, and I believed it might be good to put in a pair. Possibly it would catch on and extra could be added over the course of the path.”