From Staff Reports

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, Montana -- Former Fullington Academy athletic stalwart Davis Linder and one of his college professors are sightseeing today one week after starting a grueling cross-country bicycle ride.

Linder, who recently graduated from Atlanta Christian College, and David Sayers, an assistant professor of business at that school, departed from Seattle, Wash., on June 1.

Their extraordinary summer vacation that calls for an ambitious trip "from sea to shining sea" is the primary result of their bid for adventure and experience.

"It's a great way to decompress after graduation and before entering the job market," said Linder, the son of Bill and Margaret Linder of Vienna. He is also the grandson of Lavonia and Hayward Hobgood of Tifton.

Upon embarking upon their challenging 2,922-mile transcontinental journey that will end in Washington, D.C, the pair set a goal of riding 100 miles per day.

At that pace and accounting for the time off they plan to take along the way, they estimate it will take them six weeks to complete the trip.

Always up for a challenge, Linder credits his participation in athletics for helping to prepare him mentally and physically for a ride most folks would never even consider, much less attempt.

Before graduating from high school at Pinehurst in 1998, he played football, basketball and baseball and also ran track for Trojan teams coached by Mike Roobin, Jerry Garden and Duane Hunter.

His prowess on the basketball court earned him a scholarship to Atlanta Christian where he played for four years before receiving his degree in business and finance.

In his sophomore season, the team won the National Christian College Athletic Association Division I championship and also played some NAIA teams along the way.

Once Atlanta Christian College officials learned of the trip being made by Linder and Sayers, the decision was made to take pledges on a per-mile basis.

As of May 3, pledges of nearly $4,000 had already been made toward a goal of $10,000. All proceeds will go to a new endowed business scholarship fund.

"This gives the trip a higher purpose," said Sayers.

More information on the scholarship fund may be received by contacting Dr. R. Edwin Groover, president of the school.

The address is 2605 Ben Hill Rd., East Point, Ga., 30344. The telephone number is 404-669-2094.

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