Biker stops in Missoula during cross-country journey

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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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