MT. VERNON — —
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 www.facebook.com/RideAcrossAmericaForBoyScoutsOfAmerica.