Brothers cycle through WW on 20,000-mile benefit ride

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Three brothers from Starkweather, N.D., expect to put 20,000 miles under their bicycle treads in a quest to raise $60,000 for Habitat for Humanity. Shortly before they departed Walla Walla on Oct. 11, the youngest sibling, David Berg, 19, spoke about their progress thus far.

He and Nathan Berg, 24, and Isaiah Berg, 22, cycled out of Anchorage, Alaska, on Aug. 11 and headed south on the Alaska-Canadian Highway. From the Yukon, they jumped on the Stewart-Cassiar Highway 37 in British Columbia, Canada, rode through the central part of the province, then from Prince George went east to the beautiful national parks at Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff, Alberta, Canada, and south into the Idaho panhandle.

At Coeur d'Alene, they headed to Spokane and then south along Palouse country back roads.

"We're from a farm," David said. "It's been wonderful to see the wheat stubblefields again. And Dad's missing us for harvest."

The trio is completely self-supported, hauling all their gear, including shelter and a stove so they can camp on the roadside. Occasionally they've been provided with overnight accommodations, including a hospitable homestay in Walla Walla with the friend of a friend. Mirney Wagner put them up overnight Oct. 10 and fixed breakfast for them, David said.

They're blogging about their trip on their self-constructed, rather snazzy website boundsouth.org with the heading "Bound South/Three brothers' expedition from Alaska to Argentina."

"Bound South is about ideas: that adventure can be more than a personal indulgence, that philanthropy can be re-imagined, and that boldness is the answer to adversity," they say.

They've been stoking the dream since 2008 to strike out on a rugged Pan-American bike expedition to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

"We plan to raise $60,000 for a family in need," David said. On our website donations can be made for the Habitat project."

They chose Habitat for Humanity as Isaiah had participated in bike-and-build groups that cycled across North Dakota. He led 30 cyclists who did Habitat builds along the way, David said. Also,each participant raises money for the projects.

To prepare for this journey, the trio did all their planning on their family farm. "We researched biking gear, got sponsorships for our camera and other gear and trained this summer to get our legs in shape."

By the time they reached Walla Walla, they had pedaled 3,000 miles. They expect to ride 17,000 more to reach the southern tip of Argentina, and will finish in early May if all goes well.

"People stop us on the road and hand us money when they find out what we're doing," David said. They have raised more than $2,000. And there's a deadline to meet. "Every day we keep riding. We have to get back home for sister Marta's high school graduation in May." Otherwise, David said their parents, Jim and Elizabeth Berg, will be mighty disappointed.

Walla Walla High School Key Club members completed their effort to get canned goods in the amount of the weight of the football players on Oct. 14.

"Though we came woefully short of our 10,568-pound goal, we did bring in about 3,000 pounds. But not without the help of five senior football players," said Shelley Mann, the club's faculty advisor.

"They decided to collect their total weight in cans and bring them to the collection truck before their final home game." The quintet of contributors is Robert Ferenz, Matt McClure, Simon Quackenbush, Matt Rothstrom and Richard Jiminez, with a total weight of 1,174 pounds.

"All our efforts were in support of the Realtor Food Drive," Shelley said, who is also greatly pleased with the players' generosity.

Young ghosties, goblins and other creatures that go bump in the night are encouraged to attend the Milton-Freewater Education Association's Halloween Trunk-or-Treat for children of elementary age and younger.

The event will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday in the Ace Hardware parking lot, 11 N. Columbia St.

While on a home stay in Sasayama, Japan, Walla Walla students have participated in a variety of activities. On Oct. 11, students spent the day at Homei High School attending such classes as art, music, calligraphy and kendo, said chaparone Robert Keatts.

Robert is also chairman of the Walla Walla-Sasayama Sister City Committee. Oct. 10 is observed as National Sports Day, Robert said.

The U-B covered the recent cleanup of around 100 tires that were illegally dumped onto a landowner's property.

Folks with Pheasants Forever Blue Mountain Chapter 258 teamed to haul them away, said Jim Sonne, president.

Youth chairman "Gene Weinmaster and I want to thank all the volunteers who helped clean up the tires on Brynes Road in Touchet," Jim said. The crew included officers Tina Tonn, publishing, Carl Bisgard, secretary, Larry Boe, habitat chairman, Linsey Williams, banquet chairman, Dawn Davis, with the Washington Department of Fish and Game, Joel Petty, Matt Williams, Troy Beckel, Mark Brown, Dan Eveland, Brady Mecham and Cindy Harris, who brought a 20-foot livestock trailer. Kirk Buck of Les Schwab Tires received the tires at the Isaacs Avenue store.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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