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Jun 11, 2012 9:30 AM by Bernie Riggs - KPAX News

Journey of Hope arrives in Missoula

MISSOULA - Weather conditions Sunday delayed, but didn't stop the arrival of the non-profit organization Push America into Missoula.

The cyclists, who are all members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, fought through rain and cooler temperatures on today's one-hundred mile trek from Thompson Falls to Missoula.

The group is currently on their "Journey of Hope," a cross-country trip to raise money and awareness for those with disabilities. They have raised $635,000 this year, which they will give out in grants and other means to help those in need.

Rider Jacob Sutherland said the long days of riding can be challenging but the group is able to stay motivated, "to wake up every morning and get out there and just keep going. Even after 70 miles on a bike, you have 30 to 40 more to go. You just have to remember what you're doing it for and who it's helping and you get that resolve and you can keep going," he explained.

Sutherland also says he saw the difference firsthand when the group stopped in Spokane and met residents who remembered Journey of Hope riders from the previous year.

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