Man Rides Bicycle From Alaska To Panama City Beach

A Massachusetts man, who set out on a charity bike ride from Alaska, is ending his trek in Panama City.

It took Stephen Laskey 118 days to ride his bicycle from Fairbanks, Alaska to Florida.

He Crossed the 5,000 mile mark in Destin. At first, the trip was a personal challenge for Laskey, but once his plans were set, he decided to try and raise money for charity.

He chose Lance Armstrong's "Live-Strong" foundation which helps fight cancer.

"I've had family members and certain loved ones that I'm riding for," Laskey said. "They kind of want to keep things a little private but that's definitely in my drive and that's what made the trip a lot more meaningful."

Laskey plans to catch a plane back to his home in Boston. He says he
hopes to write a book about his experiences. Laskey is also still currently raising money for Live-Strong.

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  • by Johnny Location: Montpelier, VA on Nov 5, 2008 at 04:16 PM
    In 1975 my Charlotte, NC bicycle club hosted a man who had just ridden his bike from alaska to the tip of south america--best slide show i've ever seen. he describes breaking a chain in the mountains of peru and a boy fixing it with a rock. he also met a bus on a one lane bridge across a chasm, looping his arm through the mirror support to keep from diving into the abyss. he said, "once the bus carried me back to the end of the bridge, the bus driver didn't even stop to make sure i was ok...maybe i yelled too much. ironically, he was subsequently killed in a motorcycle accident.
  • by Miggity Location: PCB on Nov 5, 2008 at 12:31 PM
    That is unbelievable and brave. I'd be interested to hear about riding a bike from Alaska, down through Canada. I wouldn't be as worried as much about riding through the rest of the U.S., but there is some buck wilderness before he got to Washington. DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANG!!!
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