Alex's Trip Has Started, We all Wish him well.
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6:38 PM, Feb 23, 2013
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- 70-year-old Alex Lavoi won't let his age stop him from biking across America. For him it's not a problem.
" I guess it would be for some people, but I am a young 70. I have strengthened myself, and put myself in position to do this, I feel comfortable I will be doing this."
Mr. Lavoi is putting on his bicycle helmet and taking off on a cross country trip from St. Augustine to Seattle, a 4-thousand mile trip.
Lavoie moved to Palatka for the winter and has been riding 50-80 miles a day to get ready. He is calling it Alex's Ride Across America.
Lavoie wanted to do this ride as a fundraiser, so he chose the Wounded Worrier Project to be the benefit charity.
" They've done so much for us, the least we can do is do something for them, and this is my way of doing it."
Lavoie hopes to raise $100,000 for wounded warriors and visit at least two military hospitals in Texas, and visit military bases all along the way.
Lavoie's wife Helen is all in, she will follow her husband in an RV the entire way to Seattle.
"We always wanted to travel, we are gypsies at heart, we want to see the whole country, and this is the best way to do it"
Once the couple have completed the four month ride across America, his wife hopes to write a book about the trip and their interviews with military heroes along the way, complete with pictures.
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Join 70-year-old cross country cyclist Alex LaVoie in Las Vegas as he rides across the United States in support of America’s injured service members.
LAS VEGAS - Alex LaVoie will be nearly half-way through his four-month, cross country journey when he rides his bicycle into Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The 70-year-old long-time Las Vegas resident combined his love of cycling with his intense desire to honor the sacrifice of America’s servicemen and women by raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-partisan non-profit organization with the primary purpose of assisting wounded members of the military transition back to civilian life.
LaVoie began his 4,000-mile trip in St. Augustine, Florida, on Saturday, February 23, 2013, and hopes to raise $100,000 for wounded warriors, as well as visit at least two military hospitals and several military bases as he pedals his way across the United States. "They've done so much for us,” said LaVoie, “The least we can do is something for them, and this is my way of doing it."
Members of the armed services, veterans, and local well-wishers are invited to meet Alex at a rally on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Sam’s Town RV Park located on Boulder Highway just south of Nellis Boulevard.
Two media opportunities to meet cyclist and fundraiser Alex LaVoie
Cycling enthusiasts of all ages and abilities can help Alex support the Wounded Warrior Project by joining him as he cycles for the charity through the scenic Red Rock area on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at 8:00 a.m.
Alex and his wife Helen funded their dream in part by selling their Tri Cities, Wa., home and purchasing an RV which she drives while following her husband across the United States. After riding through the southern states to Dallas, Flagstaff, Ariz., and to Las Vegas, the couple will head to Salt Lake City, and plans to finish the long-distance trip in Seattle sometime the first of July.
For more information about the Alex’s Ride Across America fundraising project, visit www.joinalex.com
70-year-old bikes cross country for Wounded Warrior Project
Posted: Apr 17, 2013 8:48 PM PDT Updated: Apr 17, 2013 9:05 PM PDT
Written by Jon Castagnino, Reporter - email
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Don't think septuagenarian Alex LaVoie didn't have second thoughts about his 4,000-mile journey on a bicycle.
"Oh yeah, you scratch your head once in a while and say, "why am I doing this?" said the former Las Vegas resident.
He's doing it for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Wednesday, LaVoie arrived at Sam's Town after riding 50 miles from Railroad Pass, battling high winds the whole way.
The cross-country trip from Saint Augustine, FL, to Seattle, WA, has been a dream of his for 15 years.
LaVoie and his wife sold their home in Washington and bought an RV in anticipation for the ride.
"Being a crazy cyclist, I was going to go and do it on my own, just for myself, and then we figured it would be good to do it for a cause," LaVoie said.
Thus far he's raised over $20,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project and he's put plenty of mileage on those 70-year-old legs.
"Likely about 300 miles I haven't ridden, all the other's I've ridden. It's likely around 2,300 miles," LaVoie said.
Alex Lavoie's entourage is quite small. He rides the bike, his wife, Helen, tails him in the RV.
"I've had people think he's an old fool. I think he's a young man at heart," said Helen LaVoie.
At Sam's Town, two friends and Air Force veterans were waiting, and were in awe.
"That one time I rode with him, that was enough," said Neal Treadwell.
"At first, I thought he was crazy at 70-years-old, but he's in shape. He's gonna do it," said Gale Craythorn.
Once he arrives at the finish line sometime in July, Alex LaVoie thinks this ride will be enough for a lifetime.
"I don't think there will be another cross-country bike ride for this old man," Alex LaVoie said.
For more information on Alex LaVoie's trip, or to make a donation, visit www.joinalex.com.
Alex LaVoie and Craythorn will lead a ride through Red Rock Canyon this Saturday for a $20 donation to the Wounded Warrior Project.
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Alex LaVoie, 70, rode with a group of riders Saturday morning from Red Rock Canyon to Blue Diamond. LaVoie and his wife Helen started in St. Augustine, Fla and will end their journey in Washington, racking up 4,000 miles along the way. They are riding to raise awareness and money for the Wounded Warrior Project. Follow them as they ride through the Las Vegas Valley.
By JUSTIN YURKANIN
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