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Local Cyclists Cross Country For Big Adventure

[asset-images[{"caption": ""The Cathies" are thankful for how safe and accessible trails are today.", "fid": "19840", "style": "placed_left", "uri": "public://202105/186224989_136258558541422_4068534080601539901_n_0.jpg", "attribution": "Credit Courtesy/Kathies' Big Adventure"}]]Local bicycling enthusiasts Kathi Weiss, age 73, and Cathie Rowand, 64, hit the trail full speed on May 14th for a sixteen day ride to Washington DC.

Their thirty plus years of biking together includes extensive velo-tours through much of the Midwest and on both coasts, but this is by far their longest trip, racking up 753 miles.

Credit Courtesy/Kathies' Big Adventure
Loaded & ready to hit the trail

And they're rasing funds for the Fort Wayne Trail system as they go, with a Facebook event aptly called Kathies' Big Adventure.

"The Cathies" love connecting with others, both on trails and in the small towns where they'll be staying along the route.

For a first-hand report on how things are going, WBOI's Julia Meek caught up with the duo by Zoom in Steubenville, Ohio, their half-way point, to discuss the experience as well as the passion that fuels it.

You can follow "the Cathies" and make donation on Kathie's Big Adventure Facebook page.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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