October 8, 2013

Film chronicles 300-mile bike ride by man with Parkinson's

"Ride With Larry" will be shown one time only at the Orlando Film Festival: 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Plaza Cinema Café in downtown Orlando. It's the story of Larry Smith, a police captain forced to retire when diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson's at age 40. He then opened a bakery whose bread was called
"Best Bread in America" by Oprah in 2002. Parkinson's eventually forced him to switch to a recumbent bike to ride to work, and he decided to challenge himself by riding 300 miles across his home state of South Dakota in 2011.

Larry is also honored with a mural along the Seminole Wekiva Trail as part of artist Jeff Sonsken's "Paint the Trail" collection of murals. And Larry's recumbent Catrike bike was built in Orlando at the factory off Princeton Street.

Click here for a film trailer, and go to orlandofilmfest.com for tickets and more information.