Making their way through town Tuesday were Clint Valentine of Mansfield, Mass., and Paul Dorr of Rockland, Maine, about one-third of the way through a trans-America trip to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. Preparing to head into Georgia, they had begun the trip in Rockland and headed through New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and the Carolinas.
The trip began Oct. 25 (“a brisk Sunday,” in Valentine’s words) and the goal is to reach San Diego by the middle of March, with $20,000 being raised for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Why breast cancer? “Both my mother and my brother’s wife’s mother passed away, and in the course of doing this trip, we’ve met so many survivors or people that know people who haven’t survived,” Dorr said. “It’s actually a daily occurrence that we meet somebody who’s been affected by it.”
“The Outer Banks were beautiful,” Dorr said, recalling flat roads, no traffic and a friendly wind of about 15 miles an hour, helping the twosome to a total of almost 80 “effortless” miles on one day in coastal North Carolina.
The entire trip is likely to include 4,000 to 5,000 miles, depending on “how convoluted our course is,” Valentine said.
The two got acquainted by way of their service on a Windjammer sailboat, the Schooner Nathaniel Bowditch, on which Dorr was a cook and Valentine was a deckhand.
These days, they are relying largely on hospitality from strangers and camping out at the end of most days, with the occasional stop with friends along the way. Their loads are about 40 pounds each, being hauled on trailers linked to Dorr’s “old, aluminum-framed Cannondale” and Valentine’s GT-brand mountain bike.
Their coast-to-coast tale is largely being told by way of the Internet at www.teambowditch.com. Both riders confirmed 2010 has been a chilly experience so far.
“The hands are cold in the morning. It’s a little slow getting started, but once you get on the road, it warms up nicely and it’s kind of nice,” Dorr said. “At the end of the day, when we stop, we can feel that it cools down quite a bit. It’s not as warm as it should be here.”
Clint added, “I’d say as long as our water bottles aren’t freezing, we’re pretty happy.”
The Star, North Augusta, South Carolina, January 5th, 2010.