Cyclist continues to challenge himself

Submitted photoCoy Willis doesn't look too exhausted after cycling from Indiana to Tennessee in three days.

Coy Willis, 85, Metamora, has just continued an athletic tradition.

Every five years for the past 40 or so, he has biked from Indiana to Tennessee.

Wearing a helmet, he set off from Shelbyville at 6:30 a.m. July 26 and pedalled through Madison and on to Shelbyville, Kentucky, the first day, logging 149 miles.

That distance made the next two days easier.

The former Alcoa, Richmond, senior research and development engineer arrived in Livingston, Tennessee, where he has another residence, July 28 at 5:39 p.m., traveling a total of 340 miles.

"I lost 8 pounds in three days!"

Friend Jack Ferman, Connersville, drove a support vehicle behind Willis.

The longstanding every-five-years feat is now coming to an end.

Willis confessed, "I promised myself this was my last one. I'm going to call it quits while I'm a winner."

Debbie Blank can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.

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