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If you count his commute to and from Southern Middle School in Glen Rock, plus his after school rides, Bob Cousineau averages about fifty miles a day on his bike, training for a good cause.

"I'm going to start down here in New Orleans and work my way up along the Mississippi River," explained Cousineau, pointing to a wall map of his planned bike trip.

He'll be riding 1,500 miles to help children with cancer, while generating history lessons for his students.

"I know there will be issues along the way. There always are," Cousineau noted as he considered the challenging trek. "But, I think the adventure and the challenge is part of the fun."

The one man charity ride was inspired by students at his school who raised $18,000 for the Penn State Hershey Four Diamonds Fund through dancing, dunking and determination. The 28-year-old cycling enthusiast is no stranger to challenging bike tours. He has done three of them before.

What is different about this ride, he's seeking sponsors. He hopes to raise $7,500 for kids fighting cancer.

Through his bike tour web page, Cousineau's students can follow his journey, which will parallel one of the historic Underground Railroad routes once used to move slaves to freedom. He calls it a unique learning opportunity for teacher and student.

"When you bring the experience back to the classroom, they find it pretty interesting and that's my goal."

To help fight fatigue along the way, Cousineau says he'll try to stay focused on the kids he'll be helping.

"I think that will be something that will be on my mind and something that will get me through this trip," said Cousineau.

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