Pierre Rouzier of the University of Massachusetts has set out on a 4,128-mile cross-country bicycle trip with a hamster named Henry.
Henry is a character from Rouzier’s book, “Henry Gets Moving,” created to get children excited about eating well and exercising.
“This is a critical issue for all of us, and writing a book like ‘Henry Gets Moving’ has given me a chance to address it in a way that is fun for kids and, I hope, for adults,” Rouzier said. “At the same time, I have to admit that I’ve wanted to cycle cross-country since I was kid.”
Rouzier and Henry will be making stops at libraries across the United States to present his book with the rally cry, “Keep Moving! Eat Healthy! Get Riding!” While wearing a shirt that has Henry on the front and back, Rouzier will tell the story of Henry, who turned from couch potato into a runner.
Rouzier’s nationwide bicycle ride began on June 15 in Newport, Oregon and will end in Boston on August 21. An itinerary, updates and interviews conducted over the phone will be made available through UMass Amherst’s office of News and Media Relations.