End of cross-USA cycle

Roger and Becky Riddell
Roger and Becky Riddell
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A father-and-daughter team have marked the completion of their epic cycle ride across America by dipping their bicyle wheels in the Atlantic Ocean in Boston.

Roger Riddell, aged 66, of Sandhill, near Middle Claydon, and his 25-year-old daughter Becky, who lives in Kidlington, covered 3,483 miles on their journey, which began on the Pacific coast in Los Angeles.

The pair cycled just over 80 miles a day on their gruelling ride, crossing the Mojave Desert in temperatures reaching 47°C and climbing the Rocky Mountains.

They rode every mile of the way, except for 30 yards in rural Ohio, when they encountered a closed road caused by flooding and had to carry their bikes over mounds of gravel and sand being used to repair a damaged bridge.

Mr Riddell said: "It has been an amazing experience, physically, mentally and spiritually.

"It must have added at least 15 years to my life.”

He now plans to give a talk and slide show of the cross-America ride.

The pair have so far raised £8,397.05 of their target £10,000 for mental health charity Mind.

See www.justgiving.com/beckyandrogerriddell