Man honors friend through handcycle journey


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(KSL News) A Utah man who is quadriplegic is honoring a lost friend by journeying from Salt Lake to the Pacific Coast on his handcycle.

A car accident paralyzed Ryan Nichols 15 years ago. A few months later, he saw a story about Art Bert, a fellow quadriplegic, who was propelling his handcycle from Salt Lake to St. George. The two became friends.

"I said one day, ‘I'll get stronger and more able to do it. I want to do the same ride.' He challenged me. He said, ‘You should do the same ride but go farther,'" Nichols said.

Bert died six years ago. Now, after nearly two years of training, Nichols is repeating his friend's journey of 70 miles a day. And then he'll ride farther -- on to Huntington Beach, Calif.

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