90-year-old WWII Louisville veteran cycling 930 miles to Florida
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- At 90 years old, Bert Blevens is proving that age is nothing but a number. His family recently contacted WDRB to let us know about a journey that he will soon embark on.
He's gearing up on his recumbent tricycle for a 21-day ride from Louisville to Siesta Key, Florida.
"I'm pushing a quarter of a million miles here pretty soon," says Blevens.
It's a journey he's only once before taken on bicycle, at the age of 80.
"I said I'll do this every 10 years, so I did it at 80, and I'm doing it at 90. The next one may be a little tougher. I'm not sure about that one yet," says Blevens.
He loves to joke around, about his upcoming trip.
"Of course we're assuming I'm going to make it," he says laughing.
However, what he has survived in his lifetime is nothing short of amazing.
He was hit by a train as a teenager, riding a horse.
He's also been hit on his bike as well.
"A half-dozen probably involving cars," says Blevens.
Blevens is a World War II veteran who helped fellow soldiers get to safety.
"I got a Silver Star, and it's almost automatic you get a Purple Heart with that, but that's all I got," says Blevens.
He's humble about what he has accomplished, especially at the age of 90.
"I have a little motto, if you want to be healthy and live a long time, you've got to stay a little hungry and a little tired, and I don't mean that literally. I mean eat reasonably and get exercise every day and you'll be okay," says Blevens.
His family says they couldn't be more proud.
"He's an inspiration to me that if you get out there and stay healthy and keep going, you can accomplish anything,"says Beth Blandford, his daughter.
Blevens says whether or not he makes his goal, giving his best effort is what counts.
He also has a motto for that!
"If something comes up, try it. The worst thing you can do is fail, and that's not a catastrophe. What the heck. Give it a try," says Blevens.
Blevens will leave Friday morning at 9 a.m. for his journey, which is at least 930 miles.
His son and daughter will both take turns riding beside him during the trip.
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