Another group of articles sitting in the to-do list were these articles about local people riding their bike across country or people riding across country to DC. First there was this Methodist minister who biked to the Gulf Coast region
The Rev. Dennis Whitmore biked 1,071 miles from Laurel, Md., to Laurel, Miss., to raise money and awareness for relief efforts for the city still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.
Whitmore said he looked up Laurel, Miss., on a map and recognized Route 11 from a bike trip he took through southwestern Virginia. The pastor, who worked as salesman, manager and personal trainer in Baltimore-area health clubs for eight years, works out four times a week and makes at least one long-distance bike trip each year. Whitmore has participated in a race in Maryland benefiting multiple sclerosis research for more than two decades, and in 2003 he biked nearly 1,000 miles from Maryland to the South Carolina border.
A Bethesda student rode from Baltimore to San Francisco.
Ersin Akinci of Bethesda was one of 27 students participating this summer in the Hopkins 4K for Cancer, a 4,000-mile coast-to-coast bicycle trip to raise funds to help cancer patients and their families.
The journey began Memorial Day weekend at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and ended July 30 at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
The Adventure Cycling Association sponsored a ride from Seattle to Washington, D.C. A friend took photos of the finish for me, but I seem to have lost them. No worries, RPUS has one and points you to a blog too. I'm not sure if that was the same ride as this one, also from Seattle to Washington. Then there's a Minnesota man biking around the country. It says he's riding 6000 miles which is almost coast to coast and back.
Mukwa Ogitchida, a single father from St. Paul, Minn., is riding his bike across the country to raise awareness for children in single-parent homes.
Ogitchida stopped in Leesburg on July 12 -- about 2,500 miles into his 6,000-mile trip.
Paul J. Park is on his way to northeast Brazil on a frame and two wheels.
Trekking across North, Central, and South America by bike, Park hopes to promote information on global warming and to collect signatures and donations to support a bill that is now before the United States Senate.
Since graduating from college, Park has pursued his dream and formed the Mount Rainier Bike Co-op. The project, located behind the Mount Rainier library, received an award for the Best Community Project in Maryland.
Perhaps the most vital investment Park made recently is the Miyata World Traveler bicycle, which will carry him to his destination.
So there you go. Inspired yet?