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Man biking across country for cancer research rides through N.H.

Flynn Donoho planned to wake up yesterday morning in a Hillsboro campground, put his dog Diva in her trailer, climb aboard his Walmart bicycle and begin pedaling toward Vermont, continuing a three-year odyssey that has covered, by his reckoning, thousands of miles.

“I ride on the faith of God that he will take care of me – and he’s been pretty good,” Donoho said Thursday evening in a phone interview.

Donoho, 54, is from Huntington Beach, Calif. He has

been homeless, divorced, a drinker – and has seen friends and family members perish from cancer. In deciding to fight the disease – “I have like a vendetta” – and in coming to Christianity, Donoho said his life found new focus.

Over the past three years, he said, he has bicycled 18,000 miles and traveled through 45 states. Vermont will be his 46th, leaving South Dakota and Wyoming to come. Alaska and Hawaii are out of reach – for now. “Maybe if I get on a talk show,” he said.

Diva – “just like a Kardashian” – is his 35-pound, mixed breed companion. A sign on the back of the dog’s trailer says they’re cycling to raise money for cancer, and indeed they are.

Donoho is registered on the American Cancer Society website (go to teamacs.acsevents.org, click on the “Donate” button, then enter Donoho’s name). Thus far, donors have given $1,050 to the society in recognition of Donoho’s ride.

As for his own needs, Donoho said, all he requires is a place to pitch his tent and occasional help from a food bank; otherwise, the people he encounters provide. “I’ve probably got well over 50 dollars in my pocket now,” he said happily Thursday evening.

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