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Cyclists bike through MS on cross-county mission for literacy

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It's estimated that around 60% of the world's population is illiterate.

Now, a Texas-based organization is bringing about awareness of this and a way to help countries around the world, and they're doing it by breaking a sweat.

Ed Weaver, 53, and three others are embarking on a journey across the nation, some 4,200 miles.

"You get to day three, you cross the Cascades, and then day 20, you're in the Rockies," Weaver said. "That's the real deal. And you begin to find out what you're made of," said Weaver, president of T4 Global. 

"First of all, people think we're crazy for riding our bikes across the country, but they are even more stoked about it when they hear there's a cause behind it," endurance team manager Christian Toews said.

The team started in Washington and will finish in Wilmington, North Carolina, on July 25.

"Every pedal stroke that we take, we are bringing information to people in the third world who can't read," Toews said.

They're not teaching them how to read, though.

Their organization, T4 Global, is instead giving these cultures information through audio recordings, recorded in dozens of languages.

"It's grown from, you know, testing out one language in Southeast Asia to now, ten countries, fifty languages and growing, over the last 9 years," Weaver said.

Team members say the organization still has a ways to go. It's estimated that at least 60 percent of the world's population is illiterate.

Weaver hopes that people who see their cross-country cycling trip will tell others, spread awareness, even donate if they want.

"What we want to do with that, with this ride, is fund different programs so that more people can hear," Toews said.

Weaver cites his passion as why he decided to bike thousands of miles.

He's been training for the trek since October of last year.

"It's really intimidating, but at the end of the day, our bodies can do more than we think we can. And for me, the non-athlete, if I can do it, anybody can do it," Weaver said.

 

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