Taking it one pedal at a time

Photo by Seth Dukes | McLean County News

Daniel Hurd sits on his bike outside Calhoun Baptist Church on Tuesday.

Hollywood's Lieutenant Dan may not have any legs, but Daniel "Lieutenant Dan" Hurd has legs of steel.

For the last 15 months, Hurd, 30, has been traveling across the United States on his bicycle to raise awareness about suicide. He stopped in Calhoun on Tuesday for the night with 10,000 miles and 24 states under his belt so far.

Hurd had attempted suicide three times, and when he was planning his fourth attempt, a friend insisted he go riding with him. Hurd fell in love with cycling, and decided he wanted to help as many people as he could.

He travels on a bike that weighs 175 pounds, strapped down with supplies and necessities and a sign that reads "Make a stranger smile, be the change" with a smiley face. Hurd travels with no money and relies on the kindness of others. Calhoun Baptist Church allowed him to spend the night there.

"I'm doing my entire trip with no savings so I can show people that are dealing with financial struggles that we can survive anything with nothing," Hurd said, "but I also want to show all people that there are still a lot of good people in the world that are willing to help you regardless of if they know your whole story."

Hurd said that he typically rides anywhere from 40 to 60 miles each day depending on how many people he encounters, the weather and the terrain.

He said that he's helped 53 people avoid suicide so far in his journey.

Hurd encourages people to approach life with the "one pedal at a time" mentality, a phrase that he used to name his non-profit that promotes biking as an activity while raising awareness about suicide.

"It doesn't matter if it's one pedal, one step or one breath, it happens one at a time," said Hurd. "Typically, it's our past that we're dealing or our future. We're struggling with either one, but we're not living in the moment."

For more information on Hurd and his journey, visit the One Pedal at a Time Facebook page.

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