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90-year-old cyclist covers epic 1497km journey in US
PTI
New York, September 23, 2013
First Published: 14:48 IST(23/9/2013)
Last Updated: 14:51 IST(23/9/2013)

Age proved to be no bar for this daring 90-year-old man who has just finished a marathon 1497 kilometres long journey on a cycle from Kentucky to Florida.

Bert Blevens set off on August 20 and stayed in hotels along the way during his epic journey.

It took him 21 days to cruise across Tennessee, Georgia and most of Florida because his recumbent tricycle is not permitted on highways, 'New York Daily News' reported.

"I feel great. I feel relaxed, I feel good. I'm not as tired as I thought I'd be, but I might take a little rest," Blevens told Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Blevens' son accompanied him during the first half of the journey, after which his daughter, Beth, stepped in to give her father company for the rest of the distance.

Blevens stopped to take pictures with curious onlookers who quickly became his fans.

Beth said there were times when she was not sure theywere going to make it.

Family members encouraged Blevens by printing T-shirts bearing his quote: "If something comes up, try it. The worst thing you can do is fail, and that is not a catastrophe."


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