HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Birmingham-native Robert Montgomery is making an incredible journey by biking about 2,000 miles from Alabama to Montana. His mission? To raise $100,000 for Neverthirst, faith-based nonprofit that works through the local church to bring clean and living water to the poor in the developing world.
Montgomery boarded his bike on Friday and pedaled from Birmingham, making it to Huntsville just before midnight. He told WHNT News 19 that this journey is one he had to take. "I was kind of making some changes in my life,"said Montgomery. "I was making career changes and going to venture out and so I was like you know I want to start this out with a bang and somehow ended up riding my bike to Montana, it's kind of random but that’s what I came up with."
Montgomery doesn't consider himself to be a "cyclist." Before Friday, the longest ride he had clocked was around 20 miles. However, he is certified Crossfit trainer who has owned or managed personal training facilities since 2005 so he is confident in his abilities. A cross-country journey is sure to be a wild one but he said he doesn't feel scared. "There’s challenges out there and obstacles," he said. "So I'm just going to face each one and chip away at it as it presents itself."
Montgomery’s bike tour will be an interactive one. He will provide real-time tracking of his exact location along the tour at www.wagingwaronnormal.com. He will also record daily video journals, make blog, Facebook and Twitter posts, and chronicle via Instagram the people he tells about Neverthirst along the way. Montgomery hopes to gain a large enough following to help him reach his $100,000 goal and make it to Montana in a month.