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Alumnus Damon Richards Achieves Rose-Hulman Milestone in Cross-County Cycling Trek

May 6, 2014


Crossing Familiar Landmark: Damon Richards, a 1984 electrical engineering alumnus, stopped in front of the Rose-Hulman campus on Day 35 of his cross-country cycling trek from Santa Monica, California to Washington, D.C. He hopes to complete his journey by May 16.  (Photo by Dale Long)

     Alumnus Damon Richards crossed a familiar landmark, Rose-Hulman, on his cross-country cycling journey bringing awareness and money for the Anchor of Hope Charities, with plans to distribute shoes to Zambian children this fall.

     Richards visited campus briefly on May 5, Day 35 of his California-to-Washington, D.C. trip. He planned to end the day at his home in Indianapolis, vote in Indiana’s primary election on May 6, and rest for a day with family and friends before continuing eastward on Wednesday, May 7.

     “I have seen some fascinating parts of the country, including almost every world’s largest object imaginable, and met some great people along the way,” says Richards, a 1984 electrical engineering alumnus.

     An avid cyclist, Richards began his journey April 1 in Santa Monica, California. The path took him across Route 66 to St Louis, Missouri, then following U.S. 40 to Rose-Hulman and Indianapolis. He will continue east on the historic National Road to Pittsburgh, where he will pick up the Great Allegheny Passage to the C&O Canal Towpath for the finish line in Washington, D.C., on or before May 16.

     “I’m currently two days ahead of schedule. I may spend an extra day in Indianapolis, but things are right on track. I’m having a great time,” he says.

     Learn more about the journey by reading Richards’ daily blog at

     Keep track of Richards' progress by GPS at