FOLLY BEACH S.C. (WCSC) - Recently retired from the United States Air Force, one man decided to ride his bicycle from California to South Carolina to raise money for a veteran’s charity, ending his journey on “The Edge of America” on New Years Eve.
Around noon, Eben Engler completed his solo ride across the country from San Franciso to Folly Beach to raise money for the non-profit Mission 22 which provides mental health services to veterans.
“I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do once I got out of the Air Force and I thought about a cross country bike ride,” Engler said. “Then I added the charity aspect because I thought it would be wasted if I didn’t use it to do something good.”
Engler had a goal of $10,000 and ended his ride with $11,000 for the non-profit.
“Now I’m here on Folly Beach to dip my toe in the Atlantic Ocean,” Engler said. “It was a lot harder than I expected, but I think we did a really great job and raised a lot of money for Mission 22.”