Here's the write up I recieved in the Willapa Harbor Herald:
Cyclist makes a stop in Raymond
By JENN TODD
Bicycling enthusiast, Dave Wagenheim, is on a mission to ride his bicycle nearly 15,000 miles from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina. Wagenheim began his trip on June 18, and he stopped to visit Raymond residents Barb and Dan Hansen last week.
Wagenheim, originally from Miami, Fla., has never been much into bicycling. “This is my first major bike trip,” Wagenheim said. “I bought this bike about a year ago, and it’s my first real mountain bike.”
Wagenheim took a 450 mile trip around South Florida last year as part of his training for this trip.
Wagenheim works as a fisheries biologist, which is how he met Dan Hansen. “I met Dan about a year ago, when I worked with him on his fishing boat,” Wagenheim said. “We’ve kept in touch via email, and they’ve been generous enough to put me up for the night.”
Wagenheim was only in Raymond for one day. He left the area last Wednesday and is heading south towards Astoria, Ore. This adventure has taken him about 4,000 miles so far. “The highlight of my trip so far has been people’s generosity,” Wagenheim said. “I broke down a couple of days into my trip and had to hitch a ride into Fairbanks to get my bike fixed. People have been really good to me so far.”
Wagenheim estimates that the trip will take him about a year and a half to complete. “Originally I thought it would take me about 10 months. I’ve heard of people doing it in 10 months, but I’m having way too much fun seeing the sights and meeting people on the way,” he said. “I’ve seen so many beautiful things so far. My goal isn’t necessary getting from point A to point B, but more the journey in between. I may take a lot of side trips on the way. It could take a lot longer than I planned.”
Wagenheim is hoping to reach San Diego, Calif. by December. He said he plans to go back to work in January, then start his trip back up around April. “I want to start back up in San Diego in April and head towards Mexico,” he said.
“I really look forward to going back to Argentina,” he said. “I may stay a while once I get there.”
Shortly after he decided to cycle the Americas, Wagenheim tried contacting an international organization about sponsoring his trip so he could raise funds for their cause. The organization declined due to liability reasons. Wagenheim is still interested in finding ways to use his trip to contribute to a worthy cause.
Wagenheim has developed a wonderful website dedicated to his journey. Visit www.cyclingtheamericas.org
to find out where he has been and where he is heading.
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