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Just passing through

Thursday, October 11, 2012

This past weekend, 32 year-old Leland Weeks of Los Angeles, Calif. spent a couple of days in Cherokee as he made his way across country on his bicycle.

Leland Weeks of Los Angeles, Calif. passed through Cherokee this past weekend while on a cross country bike trip. He spent time visiting his relatives, Ken and Kim Barrett who live in Cherokee. Weeks is pictured next to his aunt Kim in front of Quilt N Kaboodle, of which she is co-owner. Photo by Mike Leckband
He came through Cherokee to spend a little time with his uncle and aunt, Ken and Kim Barrett. Weeks is doing this trip for his mother to help inspire her to make healthier life style changes.

He breaks it down in to a simple message.

Face your fears and you can do more than you think you can.

He began his trip across the United States on Sept. 12 from Portland, Ore. to his destination of Bartow, Fla. where his mother lives.

Weeks recently quit his job to take this trip of a lifetime. He was a producer at Disney where he worked in video game production. He has seen a lot of America on his trip so far. From windmill to golden wheat field in Washington State, to the Lolo National Forest in Montana and the Clear Water National Forest in Idaho. There he biked over mountains that climbed to 1,500 ft and camped on peaks.

He said that Montana was really nice and he had a chance to bike through Yellowstone National Park were he described Old Faithful as awesome.

He has seen elk, bison, and bear while going through the Big Horn National Forest. "I rode 18 miles uphill and coming down was nuts, the back side of a mountain is not too good on my brakes."

From there he describes how he left Gillette, Wyo. and spent the next four day's covering 380 miles. He biked to Belle Fourche, S.D. then went in to the Black Hills. He admitted he was pretty burned out at that point and spent a day resting and took in Mount Rushmore.

In all, he averaged about 80 miles a day on his trip. He has spent a lot of nights in his tent but has stayed with relatives here and there. As for his meals, Weeks would make a stop while passing through a town or pack something light that he could cook later like macaroni and cheese.

He is also using traditional paper maps on his trip. He said that using his phone drains a lot of electricity and he never knows were he can plug in for a night.

He has admitted that the trip has been more difficult than he first anticipated but wants to remind people of his message - that we all can do more than we think and to face your fears.

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