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Concord man bikes across country to raise money for National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Beginning next week, Josh Reynolds will bike from Virginia to California.

And he’s doing it for a good cause: raising money in honor of Laurie Owens of Concord, a friend who suffers from multiple sclerosis. Donations will go to the New England chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Reynolds, 29, quit his job last week to make time for the ride. After his ride ends in San Francisco, he will return home and begin graduate school.

To follow his progress or make a donation, visit his website: writingonmybike.com.

Why did you decide to do the ride? It’s just always been a dream of mine to bike across America. . . . We all have our bucket list and this was certainly one of mine. When I decided to do it, I wanted to do it for a good cause.

How much money are you trying to raise? We started with $15,000 as a goal and as of right now we have over $7,000 raised, so we might have to raise the bar a little bit. I’m just trying to do the best that we can do.

How long will the trip take? I’m planning 60 days. I’ll be carrying all my gear with me on the bike, so with that much weight it will take a little bit to get used to it and build up the miles. . . . After the first couple weeks I should be getting a good pace.

How many miles will you ride each day? In order to reach
my goal of 60 days I have to ride an average of 65 miles a day.

Are you going alone? My father is actually going to ride with me for the first few days, and then he’ll be leaving me at the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. And then I’ll carry on by myself from there.

(Laura McCrystal can be reached at 369-3312 or
lmccrystal@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @lmccrystal.)

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