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Just out for a ride

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Dayton, Ohio, residents Andrew Blakely (left) and Lucas Frazier made a pit stop in Brazil Wednesday en route to Portland, Ore. The Dayton duo decided recently to just go for a ride. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
* Duo biking from Dayton to Portland

At one point in the movie, "Forrest Gump," Gump, portrayed by Tom Hanks, decides he's going to go running.

He slipped on his shoes and just took off.

Along the way, while being interviewed by a reporter, he's asked why he's running.

He simply said, "I just like running."

With that in mind, Lucas Frazier, 25, and Andrew Blakely, 22, just enjoy biking.

The Dayton, Ohio, duo recently took off on their bicycles.

Their destination? Portland, Ore.

Blakely said the two just wanted to see if they could do it.

"We're young enough to do it," Frazier added.

The two met close to a year ago through a group that got together for evenings of trivia. Since then, they have become fast friends.

On Wednesday, while traveling through Brazil on United States 40, Blakely and Frazier stopped at the Harmony Diner.

"It looked like a nice 'Mom and Pop,'" Frazier said.

Since beginning the journey, they've made a few stops.

Blakely said they have traveled approximately 60-70 miles per day and planned to stay in Terre Haute Wednesday before heading back out on the road.

The two said they planned to stay with friends and family throughout their trek. Blakely added stops were planned in Indianapolis, St. Louis and Lincoln, Neb.

"There will be a lot of camping between Lincoln and Portland," Frazier said.

"And we've been doing a lot of camping," Blakely added.

By the time they reached Brazil, the two had traveled close to 150 miles.

They still have more than 2,000 miles to go.

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That's so neat! Hope they have a great trip and they'll certainly get to see lots of sights throughout the country! Glad that Brazil and Harmony had the pleasure of their visit!

-- Posted by JaniLou on Wed, May 4, 2011, at 10:10 PM

With all this water over roads hope they don't come up to a road and it being closed. Bad enough in a car, a bike would be a heart ache.

-- Posted by smallguysmalltown on Thu, May 5, 2011, at 5:42 AM

How wonderful to see them looking healthy. The best part of the trip for them...will be meeting people like you and other from small and big towns across the country. It is truely an adventure of a lifetime....

-- Posted by mzw00dy on Thu, May 5, 2011, at 8:12 AM

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