‘Pursuit’ cross-country summer-long bike ride launches in Oregon

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HOUSTON - A very big bike ride kicked off in Oregon on Monday.

"Four thousand miles seems like a long way!" David Baldwin, Rider-in-Chief for 'Pursuit,' yelled from his bike.

Yeah, and this cross-country ride called 'Pursuit' will actually cover 3,500 miles from sea to shining sea to raise funds for 'The Center' in Houston.

"The Center is an organization that's been in Houston for 65 years," The Center's CEO Eva Aguirre said. "We've been providing services to adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities."

Thanks to a state-of-the-art bike room called "Mission Control" at The Center, Houstonians can get involved and help out right here.

"And we have stationary bikes in the room-- eight stationary bikes," Linda Bates, Chief Development Officer for The Center, explained. "Totally renovated space, a wonderful place where you can ride along with us on our cross-country bike ride, get the visual as well as have a great hang out space."

Thanks to The Center's Mission Control, visitors can actually simulate the experience the Pursuit riders are having across the country.

"So if they're riding along in Wyoming, and have a really huge elevation," Bates suggested, "maybe we can ride along and try to match that mileage and elevation."

The Pursuit ride wraps up in Delaware in August.

In the meantime, you can learn all about this cross-country trip at the website www.PursuitRide.org.

Happy pedaling!

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