Catahoula:: Welcome to Catahoula Life Adventure of a lifetime and perhaps save some lives Saturday, February 6, 2010 – David W. Ryan Some of you may have noticed a couple of guys biking through Jonesville on Wednesday afternoon wearing bright pink t-shirts. Clint Valentine and Paul Dorr have been on those bicycles and wearing those t-shirts since October 25th when they left Rockland, Maine headed to San Diego, Calif.
The duo stopped long enough in Jonesville to take a mini tour of the old downtown and the 4-Rivers Park, where other than the Garden of Eden, is the only place in the world where four rivers meet.
“We love seeing different things as we pass through,” Dorr explained. “From each community to the next, it can be vastly different. “
And to see the history as we ride from town to town is so interesting.”
The pair ride about 40 miles a day and have everything mapped out according to Valentine who noted his only disappointment has been the cool weather on the southern leg of the trip.
“It’s kept people inside,” Valentine said with a laugh. “But of the people we have met they have all been so wonderful to us.”
In Maine, the guys work on the ocean sailing, tourist attraction, Nathanial Bowditch windjammer, which is seasonal work and allows them this opportunity. They call themselves “Team Bowditch” in honor of the windjammer.
Dorr and Valentine are on a six month, 5,000 mile biking trip that started out as an adventure of a lifetime and has now turned into a fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and to raise breast cancer awareness. It’s in honor of Dorr’s mother who passed away with breast cancer 15 years ago.
“Unless you are directly affected by breast cancer,” Dorr said, “I just don’t think people realize how widespread this disease is.”
“Hopefully this trip will bring a little more attention to this situation.”
According to Valentine “Team Bowditch” has raised $4-5,000 of their stated goal of $20,000.
To donate to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure you can visit “Team Bowditch” at www.teambowditch.com or you can help them with donations to pay help defray the cost of the trip.
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