Man bikes around Lake Michigan to raise money for Haitian earthquake reliefOutdoor News
-- Ray Masselink of Michigan took two things off his bucket list this summer – ride all the way around Lake Michigan on a bicycle, and raise money for earthquake victims in Haiti.
Ray Masselink of Michigan took two things off his bucket list this summer – ride all the way around Lake Michigan on a bicycle, and raise money for earthquake victims in Haiti.
The 55-year-old Masselink, of Port Sheldon Township, achieved both goals at the same time in early July. His story was just recently told by the Holland Sentinel in Michigan. Masselink said he decided six years ago to hit the road when he turned 55. He had trained for it since 2008. On July first, he started the one-thousand-mile trek northward across Lower Michigan. Masselink then rode across the Upper Peninsula at the top of Lake Michigan – and then down the other side through Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana before heading back home.
The whole ride took 12 days. He said he got rained on a few times, and a dog knocked him down. He was sore but otherwise okay. A friend, Steve Boeve joined him for 800 miles of the trip. But in eastern Wisconsin, he took a ferry-ride home because he had to return to work. Boeve said they rode up to 90-miles a day. Masselink raised 1,200 for Haitian earthquake victims. Most of the money was given by friends at his church, but a number of folks donated along the way.