This year, Flynn Donoho inched closer to crossing a milestone, biking through the continental United States for the second time.
Donoho, a 60-year-old man from Huntington Beach, California, took off from home on a mission to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
His most recent stint started on July 3, 2019, when he took off from Kentucky after hunkering down for the winter.
“I’m at 49,000 miles right now and almost all 48 states twice,” Donoho said. “I got a late start this year because I stayed in Kentucky for the winter.”
Donoho has been pedaling around the country since 2011, acquiring Diva, his 8-year-old dog, along the way.
Cancer hit close to home for Donoho when his sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer. He said his brother didn’t tell anyone in the family for years. Then earlier this year, his brother was diagnosed with prostate cancer, Donoho said.
Donoho said he has seen cancer ravage men and women. When he was a caregiver for a 92-year-old man who fell and broke his neck, Donoho said he watched him recover from that injury but succumb to cancer two months later.
His step-sister died at 35, he said, from breast cancer after a double mastectomy failed to prevent the disease from spreading.
“It’s like a vendetta of mine to raise as much money as I can for cancer,” Donoho said. “If I find a Relay for Life, I’ll help set up, help break down, join and walk around with people.”
Donoho said he doesn’t have a set route or plan for where he’s headed or how he’s going to get there. In the short-term, he wants to head toward Washington, D.C., and make his way back south for the winter.
In his travels, Donoho said he has tried to camp beside every major river in America. Last weekend, he crossed the Shenandoah off his list.
As he cruised through Strasburg on his way to Front Royal on Monday morning, Donoho said he was happy to be in the valley.
“I’ve never been in this part of Virginia,” he said. “It’s mind-boggling. It’s gorgeous here.”