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Edwardsville classes visited by cyclist traveling across the country

Edwardsville classes visited by cyclist traveling across the country

Cyclist traveling Trans America Trail This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate Luke Fredrickson is a cyclist that is traveling the…

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Cyclist traveling Trans America Trail

This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate Luke Fredrickson is a cyclist that is traveling the 5,100-mile Trans America Trail. He stopped at Edwardsville High School classes to talk about his current journey. When Luke Fredrickson stopped at Edwardsville High School, he had 1,700 miles left on his journey.

Fredrickson, a recent college graduate from the University of Vermont with a degree in computer science, visited the classes of EHS tennis coach David Lipe on Friday to talk about his current adventure of cycling across the country from Seattle to Boston.

The plan is to travel the Trans America Trail, which is a 5,100-mile route. At the time he spoke at EHS, Fredrickson was 78 days into his cycling journey.

Edwardsville was a perfect stopping point for Fredrickson, as he was college roommates with EHS principal Dr. Steve Stuart’s son at Vermont for three years.

Since he grew up in the northeast of the U.S., Fredrickson hadn’t seen much of the country outside of that region.

“I’ve seen a tremendous amount of beautiful and heartbreaking things going through the small rural towns of America,” Fredrickson said. “These are sites you wouldn’t see if you were driving a car.”Instead of launching straight into a career in computer science, Fredrickson decided to use this rare time of a person’s life to do cycling.His parents were supportive.“They’ve always taken the approach of ‘do what makes you happy and what’s fulfilling,’” Fredrickson said.His father’s complaining about his desk job […]

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