Bits n Pieces Burgers fuel charity bike ride

first_imgTheir hunger to give back rivals their hunger for burgers.Two longtime friends are training for a 48-mile charity bike ride on July 19, where they plan to stop at every Burgerville — and there are 11 — in Clark County.The plan started as an ongoing joke between 31-year-olds Matt Wastradowski and Dusty Hartshorn, who realized they shared a love for the local fast-food chain after meeting in 2002, when they worked at the former Fred Meyer on Fourth Plain Boulevard.“For the longest time we’ve joked about going to every Burgerville in Clark County in one day,” said Wastradowski, a former Columbian staffer. “We realized it was doable.”But that wasn’t enough for the pair. They wanted the trip to mean something more than an excuse to nosh on pepper bacon cheeseburgers and Walla Walla sweet onion rings. Wastradowski bought a bike earlier this year to prepare for the annual Bike MS Willamette Valley ride in August, so he and Hartshorn decided they would turn their Burgerville journey into a charity ride to raise money for the Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.They’ll still be chowing down, of course.“Up until last weekend, I’ve never ridden a bike more than 8 miles in a day,” Wastradowski said. “It’ll be a challenge for me. This is unlike anything I’ve ever done and I couldn’t be more excited for it.”last_img

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