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Rich Dixon is all smiles as he cycles into Bemidji on Monday afternoon in his first leg of a long-distance ride from Itasca State Park to New Orleans, following the Scenic Highway. Dixon, who is from Fort Collins, Colo., is paralyzed from the waist down because of a spinal cord injury. He is riding an impressive hand cycle, traveling about 40 miles a day, and hopes to make it to New Orleans by the first week of November. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Hand cyclist sets challenge for himself

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Rich Dixon doesn't have a big bucket list, but he just turned 60, and cycling down the Scenic Highway down to New Orleans is the first on the list: A long-distance trip north to south.


Dixon of Fort Collins, Colo., has a custom-made hand cycle. The challenge - Dixon had a spinal cord injury that caused permanent paralysis from his waist down.

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