TAMPA - On a bridge in Virginia, dozens of officers stopped to take a much needed first break. They gulped water from bottles attached to their hips, and some briefly removed their helmets as a police helicopter hovered overhead.
Fifty miles down, at least 200 more to go.
Cell phone video and photos taken by Tampa Police officers captured that scene Tuesday as they took part in day one of the Police Unity Tour.
The three day journey has hundreds of officers from across the country biking through Virginia to the Fallen Police Officer Memorial in Washington D.C. in honor of officers lost in the line of duty.
"After ninety-something miles, I'm ready to call it a day," said Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor. "It's been a great ride, wonderful weather and we couldn't ask for anything better."
TPD officers on the ride say memories of their comrades like officers Dave Curtis and Jeff Kocab are keeping them focused and determined on the trek. They pedal too for Corporal Mike Roberts, who would have turned forty years old on the day the ride ends. Roberts' wife Cindy is taking part in this year's ride.
ABC Action News reporter Jeff Butera will be with the Tampa officers when they arrive at the memorial, and will have reports from the event beginning Thursday on ABC Action News.
You can also follow the officers' journey online on the official Tampa Police Department facebook page .
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