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Pedaling with purpose from Alaska to Argentina


Jess Field / Petersburg Pilot

Ian Andersen awaits the M/V Matanuska at the ferry terminal in Petersburg on Monday.

It's been just under a month since Ian Andersen departed Prudhoe Bay on his bike, and he spent part of last week in Petersburg. Andersen will spend the next year or so riding from Alaska to Argentina, and he couldn't be more excited, because he's making the 17,500-mile trip to raise awareness for spinal cord injuries and disabilities.

When it comes to bikes, Andersen, 24, will be the first to tell you he doesn't know much about them. He completed a couple of two or three weeklong tours with buddies in high school, and uses a bike to commute here and there. But when it comes to friendship,...

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