Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Four men from England are learning about America and helping sick children at the same time.
"I think we all got a passion for this country and we wanted to try and visit it," said Justin Morgan, organizer of the 3100 Miles group. "What better way to do it then on a push bike?"
Morgan serves as an air crewman, providing Search And Rescue coverage across Cornwall, England. He along with Wayne Davey, Ben Carthey, and John Williams decided to fundraise for Children's Hospice South West and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.
The four men are cycling 3,100 miles across America in 17 days to raise £20,000, the equivalent of about $35,000, for those charities.
"The children's hospice is very close to our doorstep. We sometimes come in contact with some of these children either via medical transfers in the back of our helicopters or in such close proximity with our friends and families, so it's very important to us," said Morgan.
The 3100 Miles group started the journey in San Diego, California on Sept. 22 and plan to finish in New York City next Tuesday or Wednesday.
"We've come right across the deserts, climbed up through the mountains, come through Colorado, which was absolutely stunning, and now we've probably seen one of the biggest farms in the world," said Morgan. "It's been pretty spectacular and every state is almost like a country in its own."
The group is short $5,000 from their fundraising goal. If you would like to help, you can click here.
For more information on the 3100 Miles group, click here.