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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Passion for biking lifelong for Sleepy Eye man

  • Most bicycle enthusiasts will ride to the grocery store and back and call it a day. But one local man is taking the hobby to an entirely different level.
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  • Most bicycle enthusiasts will ride to the grocery store and back and call it a day. But one local man is taking the hobby to an entirely different level.
     
    It all started about 10 years ago when Terry Hauser, delivery man for Culligan in Sleepy Eye, started biking long distances for fun, eventually crossing state borders and branching out even further.
     
    “I usually just go to the next closest state,” Hauser said. “First I went to Iowa and it was only 100 some miles, and then went to South Dakota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Nebraska, Illinois, Missouri and Kansas.”
     
    With only a water bottle, a printed road atlas for navigation, and a small cooler of food, Hauser will ride for days on end just to get to his next destination. So what’s the motivation behind it all?
     
    “Just to stay in shape mostly,” Hauser said. “Some of the longer rides are kind of adventurous, you never know what you’re going to run into.”
     
    Hauser’s most recent adventure was about two months ago when he made the trip to Leavenworth, Kans., which is over 430 miles away from Sleepy Eye. Hauser said the bigger trips require taking time off of work.
     
    “I got a couple weeks vacation so I’ll just take a whole week off at a time.”
     
    As for food, Hauser said he stops at fast food restaurants, grabbing a bite to eat, filling up his water bottle and going on his way. For shelter, Hauser said he will sleep just about anywhere.
     
    “I just pretty much stay in city parks and camp out there.”
     
    Hauser said although he doesn’t participate in any bicycle races anymore, he used to race around Sleepy Eye Lake as part of a Corn Days event. Hauser said out of the four years he participated in the race, he won it twice and took second and third the other times. Hauser said the event, which involved racing around the Sleepy Eye Lake Trail five times, ended in 2012.
     
    “There wasn’t enough interest I guess,” Hauser said.
     
    Although summer is coming to an end, Hauser said he continues to bike during the winter using a mountain bike so he can stay in shape. Hauser also said he has big plans for the future as his passion for the hobby will most likely never stop.
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    “It’s the challenge of it,” said Hauser on his determination to continue biking. “I’m going further every year. I don’t know if I’ll go further than I went this year, maybe I’ll go to Michigan next year I don’t know yet. If I had more time I suppose I could go across the United States.”
     

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