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Cutcheon makes local stop on to McCutcheon makes local stop on tour of Texas to create diabetes awareness
By Richard Zowie— On Thursday, Nov. 14, a man riding a trike across Texas to raise money for both awareness of diabetes and a cure for the disease passed through Fredericksburg.
Ray McCutcheon, of Boerne, began his trek in El Paso at Mile Marker 0 on Nov. 2 and plans to finish his ride in Orange on Nov. 24.
He is taking side and back roads due to not being able to use I-10. His trip is an estimated 1,027 miles long and should take 22 days. His daughter, Katy, follows him in an RV.
After leaving El Paso, they took I-20 from Balmorhea to Pecos, and then to Monahans, Odessa and Midland before heading down to San Angelo. Prior to arriving in Fredericksburg, they had gone through Eden and then Mason.
“A big chunk of West Texas has no service roads, so we had to go way south or north,” McCutcheon said on Nov. 14. “You try to stay on the side roads as much as you can. The toughest part has been the last two days with the hills. We did 60 miles on Nov. 13 and 42 miles on Nov. 14. It’s been a killer. It’s hard riding on the hills since you use your legs and can’t use your whole body.”
Due to his arthritis, bad back, bad knees and shoulder problems, riding a trike tends to be a comfortable, gliding experience for McCutcheon. It saves him from the normal sores, aches and pains he’d get from riding on a regular bike.
Next up after Fredericksburg, McCutcheon described himself as very familiar with San Antonio and believed the Alamo City would be a much easier ride. There, he will have shorter routes and will also ride into Seguin with the Tour de Cure.
“Houston scares me a little bit,” he said about Texas’ largest city and America’s fourth-largest city. “We plan to turn north at Katy and go through Humble and then come back down on the other side of Houston.”
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