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Atoka man rides his bike across the country to build houses

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ATOKA, TN (WMC-TV) - One Mid-South young man is hitting the roadways in an unusual way to help those in need.

Atoka resident Nicholas Hill is keeping himself and his bicycle in top shape.  That's because in less than two weeks, he'll be hitting the streets on his bike - riding across the country - to help those in need!

"We start in Portsmouth New Hampshire, dip my back tire in the Atlantic and go through all the northern United States and then in Vancouver British Columbia," Hill said.

Hill plans to bike over 3,200 miles, stopping in nine cities along the way to help build houses for the less fortunate. 

Through the national program Bike and Build, Nick will join 31 other college aged bike riders along eight different cross-country routes.  

"I've got somewhere between a thousand and fifteen hundred miles logged this season so I think I'm almost ready," Hill said.

Safety is a top priority for Hill, who has trained for the trip for months. For his family, this trip is a reassurance that there really is good in the world.

"As long as there's people still like Nick coming around...that a man's word is worth his word, then I think we'll be alright," said his step-father, William Cain.

"I think I'll get to see the beautiful county, meet amazing people, what else could I ask for?" Hill asked.

And as this young man passes the world by on his two wheels, he's determined to make a difference to those unable to help themselves. 

Nick leaves from Portsmouth New Hampshire June 18th to begin his cross-country trek.   

To help sponsor Nick on his upcoming journey, click here

To follow his progress on his blog, click here.

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