- Posted by rey-ride
- On July 13, 2016
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When Jan Gierlach was a third grader at Hough Street Elementary in Barrington, he listened to fellow Barrington resident Bob Lee talk about his 6,500-mile bicycle ride from Florida to Maine in 2007 during a classroom presentation.
As the founder of Ride for 3 Reasons Lee, who was 65 years old at the time, was raising funds for cancer and ALS research, and hospice education during his cross-country journey.
“I remember being so enchanted with the idea of riding across the country,” said Gierlach, 17, an incoming senior at Barrington High School. “The dream has stuck with me ever since.”
In his junior year, Gierlach started planning his own cross-country trip for early February 2017, mapping out a 3,300-mile solo bicycling tour from San Diego to Augustine, Fla. Gierlach also plans to graduate early from Barrington High in December to create the time needed to complete the long bicycle ride.