Biker stops in Missoula during cross-country journey


New Jersey native Nick Novotny, pictured on Beartracks Bridge in Missoula on Tuesday, is road biking 4,000 miles as part of the Wounded Warrior Project.

Novotny started his 4,000-mile cycling journey in Tillamook, Oregon.

Zoe Buchli

With almost 1,000 miles already under his belt, New Jersey native Nick Novotny has paused in Missoula for a few nights on a bike trek spanning the entire country.

Novotny, 25, is on a 4,000-mile trek from the Oregon coast to Pennsylvania. He’s completing the ride across the TransAmerican Trail in honor of his friend, Cpl. James Currie, a veteran who passed away last May. His goal is to reach Currie’s hometown of Glenside, Pa., by Labor Day.

The ride is paired with a fundraiser. Novotny hopes to raise $25,000 for Currie’s family and the Wounded

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