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US: 90-year-old cyclist covers 1497 km journey from Kentucky to Florida

Press Trust of India
Sep 23, 2013 at 02:46pm IST

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.

US: 90-year-old cyclist covers 1497 km journey from Kentucky to Florida

US: 90-year-old cyclist covers 1497 km journey from Kentucky to Florida

Blevens stopped to take pictures with curious onlookers who quickly became his fans. Beth said there were times when she was not sure they were 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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