ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico man could have jumped on a plane to attend his grandson’s high school graduation Saturday night in Texas, but he didn’t. He cycled all the way there.
Kenneth Sidenblad, 70, is a Navy veteran and has beaten cancer four times.
“He lives in Albuquerque, but he went ahead and got on his pedal bike,” said Aaron Hill, his grandson. “He rode his bike about 50 miles a day on average for about a thousand miles all the way to Humble, Texas, to come see me graduate,” Aaron said.
Aaron graduated from Atascocita High School on Saturday.
Kenneth just started cycling a year ago.
“I just kept increasing and riding more and more, and I got to where I was riding 30 to 60 miles around Albuquerque,” said Kenneth.
He left Albuquerque on May 2 and made it to Estancia on the first day. The New Mexico leg of his trip included overnight stops in Cedarvale, Carrizozo, Hondo, Roswell and Tatum. After Tatum, he did 100 miles in seven hours, one minute, arriving in Lubbock, Texas.
“I would not have missed it for the world. You don’t get to do that but once going through life,” Kenneth said.
“He is 70 years old, so for him to embark on that journey, he is amazing,” said Hill. “He carries himself with a lot of respect, but he does not brag,” he added.
With Kenneth’s rest days, the trip took 24 days in all. He’s already planning a three thousand mile ride from San Diego, California, to St. Augustine, Florida.
Hill is entering the Marines and begins boot camp this month.