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Cyclist David Sharpe of Gambier, left, is taking a two-week break from his solo biking adventure across the United States. Sharpe, who resumes his cross country trek on June 20, is riding to raise money to pay for the medical bills of his girlfriend, Kasey Eddy, right, of Gambier.
Cyclist David Sharpe of Gambier, left, is taking a two-week break from his solo biking adventure across the United States. Sharpe, who resumes his cross country trek on June 20, is riding to raise money to pay for the medical bills of his girlfriend, Kasey Eddy, right, of Gambier. (Photo by Geoff Cowles) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
June 15, 2013 6:34 am EDT

 

GAMBIER — A cross continental bike ride is a considerable undertaking, usually involving months of planning and plenty of help along the way. Few elect to go it alone.

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Long time Hawaii resident David Sharpe, who now lives in Gambier, is currently crossing the USA from Maine to California — over 4,000 miles — solo.

His trip has taken Sharpe to the middle of nowhere, often when weather is a burden and there are long stretches without a convenient place to stop and sleep. All while carrying 95 pounds of gear.

But this 37-year-old isn’t just doing it for himself. He’s doing it for his girlfriend.

“I am doing this to raise some money and awareness for her,” said Sharpe. “I just want to let people know what’s going on.”

The bike trip may have begun in Maine on May 15, but the real journey started back in Hawaii, where he lived on the west side of Maui for 21 years. It was there that Sharpe’s girlfriend, Kasey Eddy, received some life changing news for both of them. After a trip to the dentist, it was discovered that she had been suffering from aplastic anemia, a disease that affects the bone marrow.

 

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