- Associated Press - Sunday, November 23, 2014

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - A father and daughter have finished their 4,200-mile cross-country bicycle trek to benefit wounded American veterans and their families, ending the ride in the Florida Keys.

The 59-year-old Dean Hatcher and his 20-year-old daughter Taryn Hatcher on Sunday pedaled up to a Key West marker designating the continental U.S.A.’s southernmost point and lifted their bikes above their heads as onlookers cheered.

They started Sept. 8 in Blaine, Washington, inspired by reports about the unmet needs of veterans. The duo averaged 60-80 miles daily with periodic rest days. Family members accompanied them in a support vehicle.

Along the route, the Hatchers met with veterans and raised funds for Hope For The Warriors, a nonprofit organization that assists modern-day military service members, their relatives and relativess of those killed or wounded in action.


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