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Duo biking across USA supporting military families

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Two men from the east coast have cycled their way to eastern Iowa for a noble cause. They're on a 5,000 mile journey raising money across the country.

Adam Burkowske and Paul Lebelle both have found memories from their childhood often involve their bicycle. Now they want to make sure as many children as possible can have those same kinds of experiences.

They began their journey in June and on Monday they rolled in Waterloo. Their goal is to raise as much money as possible to purchase 1,000 bikes and helmets for military children.

"These soldiers and these families are going through so much right this is the little bit we could do for them and we just knew by doing this and by seeing the smiles on these kids faces and even if we don't see it personally we know it. Every time I've never gotten on this bike and not had a good time," said Burkowske.

The pair are documenting their journey on their website www.bikefree.org and that's also were people can donate to their cause. They are updating the site with pictures and blog entries from every stop.

Both men say they have been welcomed with open arms in every community so far.

"Certain people opening up their homes, giving up their houses, sleeping in their bed, using their master bathroom, raid their pantries and refrigerators for food. It's just the genuine warmth of the people in every single place we've been to," said Burkowske.

This cycling duo is planning on being in Sioux City for the kick-off of RAGBRAI. They will then continue west to the Rocky Mountains and they will end their journey in October in San Diego.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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