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August 2, 2013

Long-distance bicyclist to stop in Winamac

Pete Kerwin will ride the Panhandle Pathway Saturday.

Although they became friends in Florida while in the same motorcycle club, Pete Kerwin and Tom Anspach will be meeting again this weekend — in Winamac.

Pete Kerwin, a long-distance bicycle rider from Florida, will speak tonight at the Pulaski County Public Library to discuss his experiences of riding his bicycle across several states this summer. Before he returns to Florida, he will ride on the Panhandle Pathway.

Kerwin’s summer trip has consisted of travel across Georgia, up to Ashviille, on to New Hampshire and over to and across Iowa, according to his blog He also traveled from Minonk, Ill., to Kankakee, Ill., before arriving in Winamac Thursday night.

The blog displays pictures, maps and descriptions along they way. It is on the site he refers to himself as a semi-retired stats professor at a community college who was born and raised in Clearwater, Fla., before moving to Tallahassee.

Those wishing to hear about Kerwin’s experiences or ask him questions can come to the Pulaski County Public Library’s recreation room at 5:30 p.m. today. Anspach spearheaded the meetting with Kerwin. Saturday morning, Kerwin will leave for Florida, taking the Panhandle Pathway and anyone who wants to ride a portion of the trail can you join him.

Anspach, who lived in Florida for 40 years before moving back to Indiana in 2002, met Kerwin while they shared a common interest of motorcycles in the club, Poverty Motorcycles International.

”At that time I didn’t realize he was this long-distance bicycle rider,” Anspach said. “He does it now quite a bit.”

Anspach got in contact with Kerwin and after receiving a few inquiries from people saying they would like to meet him when he came through, so Anspach scheduled a meeting.

”He has a lot of riding experience and I think it would be interesting for people,” Anspach said. “Some of the guys in the association ride in rides like this, but none rode across country with bikes loaded down with bags.”

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