Duo Stops in Natchez on Cross-Country Bike Ride

Mississippi_RiverNatchez:: Paul Dorr and Clint Valentine, of Rockland, Maine, ride down Main Street past St. Mary’s Basilica Monday afternoon while spending the day in Natchez. The duo are headed to San Diego, Cali, on their bicycles raising money for breast cancer research along their way. -Hannah Reel

After trading their former lives on the sea for a life on the road, Paul Dorr and Clint Valentine of Rockland, Maine, made their way into Natchez Monday afternoon on their bicycles.

Dorr, a former cook, and Valentine, a former deckhand on the schooner Nathaniel Bowditch in Rockland, decided this past summer that they would make a trip cross country on their bicycles to raise money for breast cancer research for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

On Oct. 25, they left on their 5,000- mile journey in honor of Dorr’s mother who lost her battle with breast cancer. They plan to make it to San Diego, Calif., by the end of March.

They ride approximately 40 miles a day, stopping in the majority of the towns they ride through and learning about the area.

“Every day is a history lesson,” Dorr said.

They also enjoy meeting the people in the towns they visit, and through them they collect donations for breast cancer research, as well as, promote their Web site, www.teambowditch.com, where people can make a donation and track their journey.

So far, the duo has raised $5,000. Their goal is to raise $20,000 by the end of their journey.

“The people we have met have been so supportive,” Dorr said. “That’s what we’ll remember the most.”

Natchez Democrat

About Clint Valentine

Clint is currently enrolled in two undergraduate degrees in Biology & Environmental Science at Northeastern University. He enjoys pursuits of endurance and distance which have included summiting many peaks in New England during winter alpine ascents, sailing the Atlantic in a vintage gaff-rigged schooner, rock climbing in five states including Oregon, and cycling 5,000 miles across North America. He has goals of pushing the envelope of his limits and combining his many outdoors interests into one big trip. He has a passion for photography and hopes to one day produce a documentary for a round-the-world tour.
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