A 28-year-old man has been biking across the country as a show of gratitude for service men and women who are homeless.
Richard Hart said he made a stop in Durham Tuesday night on his way to New Haven for Wednesday afternoon.
"I myself will be homeless," he said. "I'll be sleeping in a tent. No hotel stops."
The Rhode Island native said he's peddling his 110 pound bike and a trailer to raise awareness and funds for homeless veterans.
"These men and women, who are sleeping on the street, served our country, and I want to put a face behind the number," Hart told Eyewitness News. "I want to put a story behind the number."
Hart, who said he's not a veteran, called it unacceptable that there are thousands of veterans without a home.
"You're born in the USA, and you think that you're entitled to so much because someone fights the war for us," Hart said.
Hart said his trek is about 4,000 miles.
He's camping the entire way and will end his journey in San Diego in about four months. Wednesday marked day 5 of his journey.
"It's tiring," Hart said. "It's definitely a big challenge. It's fun though. I'm meeting so many different people. I can see God working on this trip."
He said all he wanted to do is give back.
Follow his trek on his Facebook page here.
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