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Man cycling across country for domestic violence awareness

A Colorado man knows the seriousness of domestic violence. But he doesn’t get why people consider it a “private” problem when people should talk about it and try to resolve domestic issues. So he’s doing something about it.

The 26-year-old man, who according to the Coloradoan attended Rocky Mountain High School, is cycling across the country to raise money for Safe House Denver and to raise awareness of the problem of domestic violence. He’s calling his tour “Anti cycle: Cycling Against the Cycle.”

The man attended the University of Colorado, and recently with his wife volunteered at Safe House Denver to help out. He says he frequently worked with children and only after volunteering realized how prevalent domestic violence is.

In his quest, he’s traveling 4,200 miles across the country, from Astoria, Oregon, to Yorktown, Virginia. The Coloradoan reports he is traveling along the Trans-America Bicycle Trail through states like Montana and Wyoming. He’s encountered cattle and bear cubs, and only got his first flat tire after biking 2,000 miles.

He says he’s been keeping comfortable, despite sleeping in a tent on a sleep pad and sleeping bag, downing granola bars and stopping for various gas station food, like corn dogs.

The man says he’s found many people along the way who have been willing to support his cause by making donations or showing support. He fondly recalls domestic violence shelter workers on the West Coast who made donations.

The man says many people have been helpful in promoting his cause. It sounds like it has been quite a journey in every sense of the word.

Source: The Coloradoan, “Man cycling to break domestic violence cycle,” Kelley King, 5 July 2011

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