Cycle across America hits halfway point

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A RETIRED Harrogate man is past the half way point in an epic quest to cycle 5,000 miles across America in 100 days.

And intrepid Robert Waterhouse is also more than halfway to achieving his goal of raising at least £5,000, one pound for every mile cycled, for Shelterbox, an international disaster relief charity.

He set off from Virginia on May 5, and he and his fellow cyclists have passed through Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas. He said: “Every day has presented a different challenge, whether it is the logistics of buying food and cooking for the group, finding somewhere to camp or dealing with severe weather conditions.

“We have cycled in temperatures of over 40C with humidity of 80 per cent and have faced violent thunderstorms with hailstones the size of golf balls. In Missouri we had to evacuate our campsite and take shelter in local churches and fire stations because of a tornado warning.

“Fortunately it missed us but we later passed through a place called Joplin where we witnessed the devastation it caused. We were able to play a small part in the disaster relief efforts by volunteering for a day with the distribution of food.”

So far, Robert has raised £3,300 for Shelterbox. Donations can be made at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/robwaterhouse and people can keep up to date with Robert’s progress on the ride by reading his blog at http://transam2011.blogspot.com.