Former trucker aims to raise health awareness by biking across country

A former truck driver is using his cross-country bike journey to raise awareness and remind truck drivers about the importance of maintaining their health.

Wayne Cragg used to be a truck driver until a health scare last September made him reevaluate his lifestyle and forced him to retire from the profession.

Now, Cragg is embarking on a bike tour across the country to inspire other truck drivers to start conversations about their health and lifestyle while on the road, especially in the wake of COVID-19.

“When COVID hit I actually spent about seven months and two weeks out on the road. The healthy eating I quit doing that. I quit doing a lot of things before September 19th,” said Cragg to 9&10 News.

He plans on talking about the health issues truckers experience while he bikes across the country.

“I am doing this important bike tour to help shed light on what the Truck Drivers of America have been through the last year with COVID-19. Being one of the most stressful years for truck drivers, bringing awareness to the Truck Driver experience is more important than ever,” said Cragg on his Go Fund Me page.

Cragg plans to bike from South Haven, Michigan, north to the Mackinac Bridge, to US-2 West, then onto Seattle, Washington. He has already logged 200 miles in his journey.

Cragg won’t be biking alone the whole time though, his friend Tami Stagman, will join him for several days of the journey until he reaches the Mackinaw bridge.

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Cragg plans to take 3-4 months to complete the bike tour and make it to Seattle by the end of July.

He is documenting his journey on Facebook and TikTok.