This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate Stephen Kuhn completed a 4,031-mile journey across the United States in 33 days, raising money and awareness of food allergies. Here he is on the road leaving Colorado and entering Kansas. Food allergies kept Stephen Kuhn from his dream of riding a bicycle across the country while in college, but 15 years later those allergies helped provide the motivation for him to achieve his dream.
Kuhn rode his bicycle this summer from Florence, Oregon, to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Kuhn averaged 122 miles a day on the 4,031-mile journey he completed in 33 days.
The 2006 graduate of Jacksonville High School got into bicycling at an early age. Kuhn’s grandparents, Alex and Mary Cole, moved to Jacksonville before the Kuhns arrived. His grandfather enjoyed cross-country cycling and Kuhn caught the bug.
"I would ride with my grandpa; 15 or 20 miles seemed like a lot. As I got older, I started biking longer distances. Then, I had a dream that I’d like to go across the country," Kuhn said.
But Kuhn had to be careful while riding because he had food allergies, seasonal allergies, eczema and asthma. He has anaphylactic reactions to peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish.
"That can be a problem because granola and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are food staples for cyclists eating on the go," Kuhn said.
Kuhn was active in cycling while a student at Washington University in St. Louis. When members of the groups he was involved with […]
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