SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Two medical students on a cross-country bike trip pedaled their way through Springfield this week.
Ricky Voigt and Bobby Easterling study medicine at the University of Toledo, the same place the pair decided to embark on a seven week bike ride across the country.
“I always thought it would be something that would be cool to do, we had this time to do it and had a good cause that we could raise some money for,” said Easterling, a senior physician-to-be.
The trip spans across the country, taking off from Los Angeles and wrapping up in the DC area. The men are cycling while raising money for Toledo-based CommunityCare Clinics, which offer free medical services to the under-insured. Over $12,000 had been raised by the time the duo made their way to the Ozarks. “The clinic actually has an annual budget of around $20,000 a year– and we’ve already raised more than half of their annual budget,” said Easterling.
“I think there’s a lot of people that face barriers to obtaining their healthcare, a lot of people don’t have the opportunities to receive the care they need,” said Voigt, who has been documenting the trip.
In total, the journey will consist of 3,627 miles– Voigt and Easterling pedal nearly 100 miles per day.
“We’re doing about 80 miles a day when we’re actually moving,” said Voigt. “We have worked in some rest days throughout, sometimes for weather purposes, sometimes just to give our legs a break.”
“There’s definitely been days where we’re supposed to do 100 miles and we’re like 50, 60 miles in and still have 40 miles to go– it’s been tough, but you’ve just got to keep pedaling,” continued Easterling.
The journey is being captured on Voigt’s Instagram at @TheRickyVoigt
More information on the trip, as well as a donation opportunity are available on the Ricky-Bobby Bike Across America web page.