CROSS CITY, Fla. - "It's not your typical bike ride." said Jacob Landis of Annapolis, Maryland.
On an isolated stretch of U.S. 19 in Dixie County, Landis has plenty of time, and miles remaining, to think about really random things.
"It really doesn't take much to fill up your head when you're riding a bike sometimes, you know. Your mind gets really small so you can just fill it up with stupid things," Landis explained.
But before he climbed onto his bike nearly six months ago, Jacob was thinking about others.
After losing his hearing as a little boy, Jacob was ten when he was fitted with a cochlear implant device that allowed him rejoin the hearing world.
"The microphone is located right there in my ear. After it goes into the sound processor, it goes to the head piece where it transfers using radio signals into the implant on the skull," Landis showed.
Jacob has biked to 28 of the 30 Major League Baseball stadiums around the country since April to help raise money and awareness for cochlear implants and the youngsters who need the pricey device. For Jacob, it's all in a days ride.
"I don't like being thought of as a hero. I'm just doing something to help them out," he said as he steadily pedaled along.
By the time he makes it to Tropicana Field, 24-year old Jacob Landis will have ridden his bike more than 10,000 miles.
"When we put this schedule together and we realized there was going to be ten thousand miles, and I've only ridden thirty-six hundred miles before in the span of twelve months, I kind of wondered if I could do it," Landis recalled.
If his previous 9,000-plus miles are any indication, he will do it. Fans who join him in his reserved section at Friday's Rays-Orioles game will be donating to his cause to help others. Saturday morning, he's back on the bike heading to Miami for the final stop on his tour.
"The whole world is open to me because of the implant. And that world can be open for the thousands of children in my situation," he said.
A young man not afraid to take on a challenge to help others.
To earn more about Jacob's ride, visit www.jacobsride.com . To make a $10 donation, text JACOB to 50555.
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