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2Wheels2NewYork cyclist heads east for New York

Three weeks after setting off on an epic cycle challenge across America, intrepid cyclist Darren Rowland has waved goodbye to the west coast and turned east en route to New York.

The Culloville man, who is undertaking the mammoth 4,000 mile journey from San Francisco to New York in aid of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust, has experienced the generosity of American and Irish hospitality along the way, meeting up with a host of supporters who have welcomed him into their homes.

One such generous host, Bernie Blayenburg, invited the charity cyclist to stay at his house with his family in Chino, California last week, treating him to dinner and breakfast the following morning. Darren has also met up with an ex-Newry woman Colleen Conway and husband Timmy as well as a cousin of Kevin Bell who was kind enough to allow him to send packages to her home.

“The welcome from Irish people has been amazing,” he said.

Having enjoyed an unexpected extra rest for two days in Santa Barbara, while his bike underwent some essential maintenance, the 28 year old got back in the saddle again to pedal to LA where he took in world famous sights the Hollywood sign, Santa Monica pier and the end of Route 66.

Dipping his wheels in the waters of the Pacific for the last time last Tuesday, Darren savoured his last beach view cycle before heading inland and east bound towards New York and the Atlantic.

You can follow Darren on his journey on 2wheels2newyork Twitter and Facebook pages.