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One-armed cyclist is 250 miles from finishing cross-country goal

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Aug. 28, 2008 at 10:35 am with No Comments »
August 28, 2008 10:35 am

Just talked to Bob Mortimer of Gig Harbor. You may remember the story I wrote about him in May. Mortimer lost an arm and both legs in an accident when he was kid. However, even with just one arm he’s lived a fuller life than most people with four limbs.

In May he and his family started pedaling across the country from Gig Harbor to the Statue of Liberty. They plan to arrive at the Statue of Liberty on Sept. 12. They’d originally planned to arrived on Sept. 11, but as Mortimer said “There’s a lot going on in New York on Sept. 11.”

He called yesterday from Harrisburg, Penn., and says he’s down to his last 250 miles. More importantly, Mortimer said the trip has given him numerous chances to pass along his message of hope and tell people about how he is inspired by his faith in Jesus Christ. He’s had 20 speaking engagements along the way, including at least one every Sunday.

We’ll keep you updated here on his progress. You can read more about the Mortimers at their Hope and Courage Across America website.

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