A nine-day challenge ride by Iowan Chris Fee, known as the Ride to Colorado for Autism and 52 will reach its destination city of Longmont, Colo., by the end of this week.
Fee rode through southwest Iowa and into  southeast Nebraska last Friday with an overnight stay in Nebraska City before continuing his ride with a push toward Beatrice on Saturday.
Fee said the challenge ride was something that he and his brother came up with after having participated in the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa or RAGBRAI.
Fee said his brother approached him with the crazy idea of riding from Iowa to Colorado.
After a discussion, both men decided that it could be done and promised to actually get out there and make the journey.
Unfortunately, before the task could be undertaken, Fee’s brother passed away unexpectedly.
Fee said he decided after that to make the ride anyway as a way to honor his brother’s memory.
After thinking further, Fee said he wanted to connect another cause to the ride as well.
That’s when the ride became a ride for autism.

Making it more germane, the grandson of Fee’s brother was diagnosed with autism after Fee’s brother had passed away.
After planning out the journey, mapping a course and receiving donations for the undertaking through a GoFundMe account, Fee set out on the journey from Knoxville, Iowa, on June 21.
The days of the journey and mileage are as follows:
Day 1, Knoxville to Mount Ayr for a total mileage of 96.4.
Day 2, Mount Ayr to Nebraska City for a total mileage of 99.4.
Day 3, Nebraska City, to Beatrice for a total mileage of 73.8.
Day 4, Beatrice to Lawrence County Club for a total mileage of 86.8
Day 5, Lawrence Country Club to Cambridge for a total mileage of 97.5.
Day 6, Cambridge to Benkelman for a total mileage of 80.1.
Day 7, Benkelman to Akron, Colo., for a total mileage of 97.4.
Day 8, Akron, Colo., to Hudson, Colo., for a  total mileage of 90.9.
Day 9, Hudson, Colo. to Longmont, Colo, for a total mileage of 38.4.
Fee is making the journey on a recumbent trike and reports that might be giving him some advantage in the trek.
After having ridden in events on a bicycle he said, since the sight is so familiar, people often times don’t give riders as much space as what they might hope for and that can create dangerous situations with motorists, particularly on the highway.
Fee said he had had nothing but good experiences on his trek. He was on the ride out from Beatrice when he spoke  for this article.
Part of that might be because people slow down and take a second look at the trike and, thus, give it a wider berth.
In addition to the safety advantages of the trike, Fee has outfitted his rig in such a way that it draws the attention of the traveling public. He rocks a large orange flag on the trike and also several other cause related flags along with an American flag, all in the hopes of becoming more visible to motorists.
It seems to have worked.
And that just leaves Fee with the challenge of pedaling, which is no small feat.
Fee said the hills had been the most challenging part of the journey. But he keeps on  working the trike.
And each, day, in spite of whatever muscle cramps he might be working through, Fee keeps pedaling.
Other people, Fee said, are going through more challenges than what he is at this point. And, if a little bit of muscle cramping is all he has to face, Fee said he is more than happy to get back on the trike and get to work.
As he spoke about the ride on Saturday morning, June 23, Fee said he was trying to keep the destination out of his mind.
The emotion was just too much. He said he knew when the trike pulled into Longmont, the emotions would be hard to hold back.
There are memories of his brother and of the  cause of autism.
Through his journey to Colorado, Fee said he hopes to inspire support for the people that have to deal with autism and also for the families who are in that struggle as well.
Those who would like to read more about the daily happenings for Fee  on his ride can do so by searching Ride to Colorado for Autism and 52.
Donations can be made at the GoFundMe page, gofundme.com/ride-2-colorado-4-autism-52