Friday, December 10, 2010

A long ride for a friend

Carl Bradtmiller, son of Bruce Bradtmiller and Carol Cottom, is currently on a 26 day, 1200 mile bicycle trip to raise money for a friend, Jake Rucker, who has colon cancer. During his solo ride from Austin, TX to Gainesville, FL he is offering bike tune-ups and repairs and information about traveling by bicycle in exchange for donations to an assistance fund for Jake. When Jake was diagnosed with cancer he returned to Florida to be with his parents during treatment, and that inspired the route for this journey. Carl conceived the "Rollin' for the Colon" tour to link Jake’s friends in Texas with his friends and family in Florida.

Carl is an avid bicyclist and a good bike mechanic. He took an 1100 mile solo bike trip three years ago and said that someday he would like to take another long ride. This trip began November 30 in Austin with a send off party at a local bicycle shop. He expects to arrive in Gainesville on Christmas Day and spend a few days with Jake and friends before flying to Ohio and then returning to Texas.

To see a schedule of Carl’s route, read his trip blog, and learn how to donate, go to:, or be in touch at

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