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Published September 16, 2010, 10:05 PM

68-Year-Old Biker Makes Stop in GF on International Journey

Lowell White, 68, has been biking from Alaska to Florida on a mission to spread his message of Christianity and the Holy Spirit.

Lowell White has many stories about his international bike trip.

"So, I knew a bear could walk right in," White said about an incident at a campground. He was spending the night and knew the area was heavily populated with bears. Thankfully, he had some bear spray.

"It pull the safety out, held the trigger and it went off inside the trailer where I was. I was coughing and sneezing."

White has been biking from Alaska to Florida on a mission to spread his message of Christianity and the Holy Spirit. According to White, there was even a lesson in the bear spray disaster.

" The Lord ministered to me and said, remember when I told you I would never forsake you? This is what happens when you try to do it on your own," he said.

White left Alaska in June and his total trip will be around 6,000 miles. His faith keeps him going on this mission, but the 68-year-old said biking from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean three times did not hurt either.

" It is to keep in shape because I like the idea of being ready to go whenever an opportunity presents itself."

One man in Grand Forks thinks a lot about White's mission.

"6,000 miles is a lot of dedication. How much are we doing with our time to glorify God?" said Rick Puckett, a congregation member at Faith Community Church.

White's stop in Grand Forks is his first in the United States during his trip. He called Faith Community Church, hoping they could tell him about a good campsite where he could spend the night.

"I think we can do a little better than that. Provide a bed and a shower and encourage you before you go on with your mission," said Wayne Puckett, a minister at Faith Community.

This latter part of his trip, no matter how many run-ins with bears he may have, White is looking forward to continuing his journey. When the bike ride is over, his mission is not.

"I am ministering all the time. If it is on my bicycle or in the congregation."

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