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Evanston chiropractor Dr. Tony Breitbach and his friend Brendan Leonard finished a 3,000-mile coast-to-coast bicycle ride on the beach at Anastasia State Park in St. Augustine, Fla. Through their ride, Dr. Breitbach and Mr. Leonard raised more than $19,000 for nonprofit Big City Mountaineers, whose mission is to “enhance the lives of under-resourced urban teens through transformative outdoor experiences.” The money raised will help BCM take inner-city teens on weeklong wilderness trips in Colorado, California, the Boundary Waters and the Pacific Northwest in 2010. BCM took nearly 40 teens from the Chicagoland area on wilderness trips in 2009.
The duo rode the entire 3,000 miles unsupported, carrying everything in bike trailers, and crossed California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, on the Adventure Cycling Association’s Southern Tier Route. They completed the route in 49 days, after leaving San Diego on Feb. 5. Despite headwinds, flat tires, and a handful of mechanical problems, they averaged over 60 miles per day. Their longest day on the bikes was 105 miles, starting near Perkinston, Miss., and ending in Bayou La Batre, Ala. Dr. Breitbach’s chiropractic practice, The Wellness Revolution, has been based in Evanston since 2004.