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Scottish cyclist camps in Riverton during 4,800-mile ride
Wreford Stewart is touring North America on a bicycle. Photo by Andrea Novotny

Scottish cyclist camps in Riverton during 4,800-mile ride

May 26, 2013 - By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer

Beginning in San Francisco, Wrefrod Stewart of Rosyth, Scotland, so far has traveled about 1,700 miles on a bicycle, through California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah before arriving in Wyoming.

Wreford Stewart, of Rosyth, Scotland, took a break on his 4,800-mile charitable bike trip across America and spent Wednesday night in Riverton.

A sore knee impaired Stewart while he crossed Togwotee Pass, forcing him to push his bike on foot.

He was picked up by a Riverton citizen and spent the night camping in his tent in her yard.

Stewart said his knee had been bothering him since he rode into Utah but hadn't slowed him down all that much until Wed-nesday afternoon.

He said he has had knee problems in the past but has no plans to see a doctor unless his condition worsens.

Stewart said he is making the journey to raise money for Cancer Research UK and has raised $2,943 so far.

He said he also wanted a chance to see the United States and Canada at his own pace and choose the parts of the two countries that he wanted to see.

"I've met some great people and has seen some amazing scenery," he said.

He said much of the landscape, including the southern side of Dubois, resembles his home country.

Stewart's travels began April 18 in San Francisco, where he purchased his bike, a 700C Surly Long Haul Trucker touring bike.

So far he has traveled about 1,700 miles, through California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah before arriving in Wyoming.

He estimates that he has about 3,100 miles to go, into the eastern U.S. and Canada, before his flight for home leaves New York on July 16.

Stewart said there are still places in America that he wants to see, but he will not get the chance to visit on this journey.

He said he plans to come back to the U.S., but he "will definitely get a car next time because the mountains are killing me."

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