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Friends pedaling for a cause pass halfway point

Photo Caption: Alex James, Colin Utz-Meagher, Joe Pericone and Brittany Trowbridge get ready to take off on their EZ-Tribute on a beach near Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. This was the day they started to ride with their back tires in the Pacific Ocean, said Trowbridge. The boys posed with a stuffed dog, Sadie, in front of mountains towering over Trout Lake in Colorado. Sadie is a dog they are taking along with them and taking pictures with. When they return home, they will give the dog to a little girl, Emma, who is in remission from Leukemia. The boys encountered hills and high summits throughout much of Utah and Colorado.

A little more than a month ago, four Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake friends set off on a cross country journey in memory of their close friend, Eric Zagorda, who died of Leukemia in 2008 at age 22. Armed only with three road bikes and a van full of camping supplies, Alex James, Colin Utz-Meagher, Joe Pericone and Brittany Trowbridge began a close to 4,000-mile trip from California to Boston to raise money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and to share an adventure their late pal would have loved to be a part of.

The group (James, Utz-Meagher and Pericone) had just peddled 1,700 miles on Monday, July 5, and was about to bike out of Colorado. Trowbridge drives the van and meets up with them at different destinations throughout the day.

Usually, the group is up by 7 a.m. and on the road by 9 a.m., biking an average of 65 miles a day through so far very hilly terrain. Now that they've passed most of the summits, it will be smooth riding and they hope to clock between 80 and 100 miles a day, said Utz-Meagher. That means

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