- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A partially blind Hawaii resident known around Kailua-Kona as “bike man” has reached the summit of Mauna Kea on his bicycle.

Brian Fulghum made it to the top of the mountain this past weekend, West Hawaii Today reported (https://bit.ly/2tJbEDQ ).

Fulghum is known to wear a costume and cape while riding his bike around town. Summiting the 13,796-foot (4,205-meter) mountain was tough, he said, but was a part of his effort to get “the most out of life with a physical challenge.”

“The day-in, day-out, that’s harder than this,” he said.

The 80-mile (129-kilometer) upward ride went through sand and gravel. Fulghum started before the sun came up Saturday and finished Sunday afternoon.

“I had a blast,” Fulghum said.

Steve Opp drove Fulghum’s support vehicle during the ride. Opp said there were never any moments of panic or trouble. Fulghum made it look easy, he said.

“He really is at home on a bicycle,” Opp said.

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Information from: West Hawaii Today, https://www.westhawaiitoday.com

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