“I hung up my long distance spurs today,” says Fred Evans, an hour after walking through the door of his Sunapee, N.H., home. In June, the 73-year-old Evans rode his 2001 Harley-Davidson motorcycle more than 3,000 miles to Xavier to attend reunion weekend. The 1954 graduate left on May 28 and arrived in Cincinnati on June 2 after a short stop in Washington, D.C., to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
“Not everybody gets to go to their reunion, but hardly anyone arrives on a Harley,” Evans says.
This isn’t the first time Evans has made such an arduous journey. A graduate of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Evans often attends its reunions via his hog as well. As a Xavier student, he regularly rode a motorcycle to school and went on long-distance rides with fellow classmate Don Hills. In fact, he’s ridden through every U.S. state—minus Utah and Hawaii—and six Canadian provinces.
During the alumni brunch, the University inducted Evans and his classmates into the half-century club and presented them with a “doctor of durability” award. And Evans certainly earned it.