LANSING, Mich. -- A central Michigan man who shed about 130 pounds over the past year by riding a bike is gearing up for an 8,500-mile ride to visit U.S. cities that are battling obesity problems.
Jerry Smith told WILX-TV that he plans to leave Sunday from Trinity Church in Lansing. He'll be joined by another rider and followed by a driver carrying supplies. They'll head to Detroit and Chicago first, then visit the fattest cities on the Men's Fitness magazine "Fittest and Fattest Cities in America" list.
"I kind of felt like a failure," Smith said. "Basically, I realized I was sitting at my computer, killing myself slowly. So I just decided to stop eating at my computer and start walking around, start eating healthy, start biking."