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Man Makes Epic Longboard Journey For a Good Cause

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | October 06, 2015

Man Makes Epic Longboard Journey For a Good Cause

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While most people typically purchase an airline ticket to travel across the U.S., one man recently took the road far less traveled this past summer when he rode his longboard from Seattle to New York in an effort to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

The Great Falls Tribune reported that Montana native James McGary departed the Emerald City June 10 and reached his final destination in the Big Apple about 3,300-plus miles later on Sept. 18.

McGary, a professional longboarder who lost his mother to colon cancer three years ago, completed the improbable journey with a custom trailer equipped with a tent for shelter. In addition to his specialized longboard, McGary packed water and a camera to document the trip.

He did his best to avoid major roadways, but found himself riding on all sorts of surfaces, averaging about 50 to 60 miles over the course of 10 or 11 hours per day, per the Tribune.

"It was definitely mentally and physically challenging at times," McGary told the Tribune.

McGary camped in his tent without a sleeping bag when he had to, but also used to find free places to stay along the way. "I met just about every different type of person," he said.

By the time his trip was complete, McGary had spent almost 100 days traveling through 13 different states. 

Fortunately for his legs, McGary's return trip to the West Coast will be much quicker and easier as he plans to travel by car. 

The Tribune reported McGary raised roughly half of his $3,000 goal for the Cancer Research Institute in New York.

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