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Russ Oliver: Cycling Across America

Russ Oliver: Cycling Across America

Contributed Photo Pike County native Russ Oliver will leave June 8 from San Francisco to begin a 4,000 mile Journey of Hope across the United…

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Contributed Photo Pike County native Russ Oliver will leave June 8 from San Francisco to begin a 4,000 mile Journey of Hope across the United States. He will leave on his bike from San Francisco and complete the trek Aug. 13 in Washington, D.C. Russ will be sharing his adventures along the way with The Messenger. Russ Oliver talked excitedly about his upcoming summer “vacation” as if he were off to Maui or Bora Bora or Bali.

The smile on his face was no indication that on June 8, he would begin a journey of 4,000 miles across the United States …. on a bicycle?!

On Wednesday, Russ Oliver will leave for San Francisco without much local fanfare but the sendoff in California will be a big event as starting gun will signal a bike ride across America.

Russ and his chapter brother, Jair Cabral of Pi Kappa Phi at Troy University, will participate in a two month, 4,000-mile cross country cycling trip call Journey of Hope.

“The journey raises money and awareness of people living with physical and intellectual disabilities, Russ said. “The trip, the actual 3,735-mile journey, is hosted by our national fraternity’s non-profit organization called The Ability Experience. Along the miles, we’ll stop at many different disability organizations where we will have opportunities to interact and build friendships with people with disabilities. I’m looking forward to the ride and experiencing our great country up close but I’m especially looking forward to the interactions with those with disabilities that we meet […]

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