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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Bike commuter in Southern Illinois

Over the weekend, The Associated Press sent out a feature about a Southern Illinois bike commuter to its member papers in Illinois. The Carbondale-based Southern Illinoisan originally published the story back in January.

Bobby Joe Wayne Cantrell -- a student at Rend Lake College, a community college in Ina -- regularly bikes the the 21-mile round trip from his home in West City to Ina on a red Mongoose mountain bike.

Why does he ride? Unlike most of his peers, Cantrell does not have a driver's license.

"I had a (learner's) permit but I was never taken out enough to get any real practice," he said. "And now it's the cost of it. I don't have the funding to get a car and pay for the upkeep of it, so I ride my bike everywhere."

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Roger 1 comments links to this post 12:47 AM

In the summer of 2008 he came to see me (his mother) in Grand Rapids, MI. He had went 300 miles before I decided I just could not wait to see him and drove to Indianapolis to pick him up.... He was sunburned badly and his body was crusted with salt. So it is very important to think ahead before doing long distance bicycle trips!
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