Louisville residents to bike across country, raise money for non-profit
LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- It's about 4,000 miles from one U.S. coast to the other and Louisville residents Josh Kays and Daniel Hatton plan to conquer every single one by bike.
"It's going to be a little taxing,” Kays told WDRB in an interview Wednesday.
He realized his love for biking after spending a summer in Europe.
“There are ten bikes for every automobile and here that's obviously not even close to the case,” he said.
Hatton is a lifelong enthusiast and a daily bike commuter.
“I think we can all say it would be nice if there were less cars on the road,” Hatton told WDRB.
The pair leaves May 4 and they plan to bike about 50 miles a day, which will put them at their destination in July, but it could take longer.
"I have no idea how my body's gonna hold up with 50 miles a day,” said Kays.
"Just having 40 pounds extra on your bike is tough,” Hatton added.
When they aren't pedaling, the two will camp and couch surf all the way from Virginia Beach to Astoria, Oregon.
"I've got a sleeping bag, tent, cooking stove, pot, pan, but mostly it's clothes,” Hatton told WDRB.
They want their trip to inspire others to start biking.
"If me and Josh can make it 4,500 miles or so, a two mile commute to work is not so bad,” Hatton said.
They've started a donation page to raise money with the majority of the funds going to the non-profit Bicycling for Louisville.
The group raises awareness for the need for better bicycling infrastructure in the city.
"They do a lot of things that make bicycling easier and just more friendly for the city,” said Kays.
As the open road awaits, the two are looking forward to seeing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and everything in between.
You can donate to their efforts by visiting their Go Fund Me page here.
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