Mt. Vernon Register-News


June 11, 2014

Bicyclist raises money for Boy Scouts



During the trip, Lerma said he stays in hotels or with relatives overnight to sleep. Three of his relatives live along the route, including a sister in Kankakee, a brother in Mt. Vernon and a great-aunt near Gulfport, Miss.

Lerma is a native of Sterling. In the Charlotte area, he works in operations management for a company that makes parts for the housing market.

He is a fitness buff, but this is the first time Lerma has attempted such a lengthy bicycle ride.

He had been planning the cross-country trip for some time but only recently decided to use his venture to help the Boy Scouts.

The reason I'm raising money for Boy Scouts of America is, I thought if I was going to do the trip I might as well do something good,” Lerma said.

Lerma added he has fond memories of being in the Boy Scouts as a youth, including one “sub-zero campout” where he had to walk through the snow with a 50-pound pack.

I just kind of liked that stuff,” Lerma said. “And I remember camping up in a cabin and the whole place smells like a fire.”

Lerma said he expects to be very pleased when he finishes his bike ride.

I think that my emotions will be one of happy reflection because I meet lots of people along the way,” Lerma said. “These are all good times.”

To encourage donations, Lerma has created a Facebook page that includes a link to the Boy Scouts donation website. You can visit the page at

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