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Man Riding 23-year-old Schwinn Across U.S. for his Son

Dec 10, 2006

Frank Wootten, of Hooksett, NH, is riding his 23-year-old Schwinn Tempo bike from St. Augustine, Fla. to La Jolla, Cali. via Adventure Cycling's Southern Tier route. Wootten is raising awareness and funds for a hereditary degenerative neuropathy called Friedrich's Ataxia, from which his son suffers. (See www.ataxia.org for more info.)

�I am hoping that through my cycling I can help my son and many others who suffer from this horrible disorder,� said Wootten.

Wootten has created a blog to publicize his trip, which began Dec. 3. He plans to arrive in La Jolla on Jan. 12, 2007.

�It's 3,116 miles altogether via Adventure Cycling's Southern Tier route,� writes Wootten. �I'll be carrying rear panniers only, along with a knapsack containing a hydration bladder and sundries, and a tarp and ground cloth mount under my aerobars.

Total gear weight is only 30 lbs, thanks to ultralight gear and minimalist packing. I've just put new wheels and tires on the bike and it rides beautifully, that rugged alloy steel frame handling the load with no problem at all.�

Visit http://frankwoottensblog.blogspot.com/ to read Frank Wooten�s blog about his trip and help him raise funds to combat Friedrich's Ataxia by visiting http://www.franksrideforataxia.org/. Go Frank, Go!