A 56-year-old Loyal man continues his amazing 1500 bike ride around Wisconsin. Tom Kingsbury left The Highground Veterans Memorial park in Neillsville on Friday morning, by that night he was in Ashland. By the next night, he was St. Croix Co. Sunday, he pedaled to Holmen and he slept in Platteville Monday night. 647 miles down, a little under a thousand to go.Tom’s sister, Carol Anason, has been with him every pedal of the way. She’s in the follow vehicle making sure motorists don’t reek havoc with the ride, and making sure Tom stays up on his nutrition and hydration.
Monday was a tough day. Southwestern Wisconsin is beautiful to drive through, but, not so nice to pedal through. “It’s beautiful if you’re in a car,” notes Carol, adding that her brother still maneged 16 miles and hour through the region’s hilly terrain.
Tom’s raising funds for a tribute to the Veterans’ of the Persian Gulf Wars. He’s scheduled 30 stops around in every corner of the state. The reception has been moving, and has kept everyone’s spirits up. “Every night, we have had wonderful food,” says Carol.
Tom still has stops in Ripon, Rhinelander, Marinette, Marshfield and Tomah before his journey ends back at The Highground on Sunday.
Submitted by Paul Knoff, WCCN