Riding Across America
For the next 57 days, Missouri alumnus Mike Drackert will challenge his body's physical endurance.
Drackert's goal before entering the work world is quite incredible. He's been training to bike across America for a half a year.
"I think the open road is a beautiful thing," said Drackert. "For me it just kind of symbolizes freedom and being who I can be instead of being coformed by what everyone else tells me to be."
Drackert's journey begins in St. Augustine, Florida and ends in San Diego, California.
You might ask why is Mike trying to bike across America?
The answer is he's trying to raise $10,000 to send mid-Missouri kids to summer camp through an organization he represents. Drackert is a member of Columbia Young Life.
"We go and try and build relationships with high school kids and just try and help be there for them and become part of their lives and help them make decision of their own about what they think in life," he said.
Trips like this aren't just created in a split second.
"I've been training for probably six or seven months."
Drackert said, "I'm going to be trying to drink a lot of water since it's going to be a lot warmer down there. I'll probably be going through, hopefully I'll be going through half a gallon on a ride and then a full gallon throughout the day."
He also stated his motivation is not only self satisfaction
"I want to do this to help other people, and I think that's the biggest reason"
Although the trip may be dangerous, his family still supports his attempt to pedal from ocean to ocean.
"My mom originally tried to talk me out of it, she's a mom. My dad kind of encouraged it but said be safe. But now they support me fully."
Mike's journey officially begins Monday March 12. He will ride for about six hours per day.