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Sure, I’ll Help You Move

By Stephen Horrocks

How far would you go to help a friend move? Across the street? Across town? How about across the country; and your method of transportation is a bicycle? That is what Pellissippi State student Emerson Fuller did for his friend of four years, Holli Ernest, and he was more than happy to help. Fuller, a 6-foot-10 25-year-old from Knoxville, agreed to make the journey from Knoxville to California in 2011. Fuller and Ernest met at the World’s Fair park on Oct. 3 to begin their journey.

When one possesses the size of Fuller, caloric needs are an important issue to be addressed. As Fuller puts it, “On average I would eat 5000+ calories to maintain consistent riding. These calories primarily came from peanut butter (I carried a jar that I would regularly eat spoonfuls of), oatmeal, pizza, giant salads, tacos, and noodle/pasta dishes. Also bagels for snacks during the day with veggies and some sort of cheese on them.” Additionally, Fuller stated that another important item was his coffee press, which helped him consume, “ungodly amounts of coffee”.

When asked for favorite stops along the way, Fuller noted that he enjoyed a pig roast with friends in La., White Sands National Monument in N.M. and The Grand Canyon. Fuller also noted that Ernest and himself spent that Thanksgiving in Las Cruces, N.M.

Fuller and Ernest arrived in San Francisco on Dec. 28 and Fuller arrived back home in Knoxville on Jan. 3. When not on a bike, skateboard or other mode of transport, Fuller can be found making espresso at Old City Java. Ernest and Fuller also published a blog, which detailed their journey, http://biketourdefun.blogspot.com/.

 

Saturday, December 1st, 2012