Portage father, daughter bond on downstate trek

2013-06-15T17:30:00Z 2013-06-15T23:46:32Z Portage father, daughter bond on downstate trekAnnette Arnold annette.arnold@nwi.com, (219) 548-4359 nwitimes.com

PORTAGE | Rodney Krueger and daughter, Victoria, left on a bike ride Monday. By Saturday,  they made it to their destination, the Indiana-Kentucky state line, by way of U.S. 41.

Last year, Krueger rode his bike across the U.S. to San Diego and this year his daughter wanted to take a trip with him.

"I plan on doing a charity run next year in Florida for an autistic boy and Victoria wants to do it with me, so I want to see what she is made of so we are taking a shorter trip first," said Krueger.

Krueger and his daughter have been riding about 75 miles each day but took a break on Thursday to spend time at Turkey Run State Park.

"Victoria has been great,"said Krueger. "I wasn't sure how far we could go but we went about 76 miles the first day."

Krueger cherishes this bonding time with his daughter.

"My dad died when I was young so I love spending time with Victoria," he said.

By spending quality time with his daughter, Krueger hopes to instill in her the feeling that she can do anything she sets her mind to.

"This trip has been amazing," said Victoria. "Right now we are taking care of a deer that we saw on the side of the road."

Victoria said the most fun about the trip is going down the hills.

"Up hill is challenging but downhill is so much fun," she said. "There are a lot of hills going to Kentucky."

The two do not ride all night. They usually find a campsite and stay there and then start biking in the morning.

"This has been great," he said. "I can't wait to ride next year with her."


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