The Trip

Hello my name is James Rienstra; 5 years ago my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, six short months later I lost a hero, a mentor, my Dad. This loss is what inspired me to complete this cross country journey. My goal is to raise $10,000 for the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund. 

On May 20th, 2011 I departed Zimmerman, MN to pedal my road bike to Anchorage, AK; to raise money for cancer research, to honor my father and all those who have been affected by cancer.  I am enduring this journey by myself, trying to raise as much money as I can until the end of July.

I try to post on a daily basis. I talk about how I am faring both physically and mentally while discussing each day’s ride, track how many miles I have traveled; per day and in total. I will detail some of my sightseeing experiences, complain about how much I miss my friends and family, and pass on other stories that will hopefully keep you visiting my blog.

I hope that you will consider helping me reach my goal $10,000 by making a tax-deductible donation. You can either make a fixed donation or sponsor me by pledging pennies per mile. Donations can be made by clicking here. 100% of the proceeds raised will be given to the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund. This fund was established to support the cancer community in Minnesota by: funding research, prevention, treatment and other programs relating to the cancer community’s needs.

Don’t forget to check out the official Pedaling for Pennies t-shirts in the Hobo Gear section of the web site.

I do not identify myself as a cyclist — not yet at least. But, pedaling my bike from Minnesota to Alaska has been a dream of mine since my father passed away on Nov 22, 2005. To be able to do it for charity, and in honor of my father who has gone before us — well, that just makes everything even more special.

James S Rienstra  



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