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Couple Bicycles 16,000 Miles to Battle Obesity

Visitors from around the world are watching as Priscilla & Morton are losing over 300 pounds on bicycles, circling America on a two-year trek. First 3,013 finished in 16,000 mile two-year trek from fat to fit

Quoddy Head, ME, June 20, 2007 --( Priscilla & Morton Houliston have been living on the road for the last 168 days. They are on bicycles, pedaling the coastlines and borders of America with a message. The message is that 30 minutes a day of exercise is something that everyone needs, no matter what shape they are in.

Priscilla had weighed in at over 400 pounds in the spring of 2006. Depression, medical problems and the feeling that her body was becoming her own personal prison started to vanish when she took her first 30 minute walk. She hasn't stopped since then, only to chat to people along the way. Thousands of people.

The couple had an invitation to go to the State House in Boston, Massachusetts where Priscilla got to give testimony on a bill, concerning the importance of exercise. She is living proof that everything your doctor has been telling you is true. They also got invited to Augusta, Maine to meet with State Representatives to discuss physical fitness in schools.

Moderation and movement have helped Priscilla shed over 140 pounds thus far. The journey, which began on January 1, 2007, has just completed it's first leg in Quoddy Head, Maine on June 17, 2007. From sunshine to a foggy welcome, the pair bicycled in on vintage 1984 bikes that were given to them from a bike shop in Martha's Vineyard.

"The people are the amazing part of this journey" Priscilla says. Connecting with millions on the internet, thousands in person and being inspired by those who she is helping to inspire, Houliston says that nothing short of dying will stop her from completing this two-year odessey.

Sleeping everywhere from their well-used tent beside the road, to donated rooms along the way, the couple are seeing America in a way most will never get to. Each day is an adventure that always asks the familiar questions of where to sleep, shower, eat and of course, which way is the wind blowing.
The public are invited to watch the website which is documenting the entire event, and currently gets over a million visitors a day. Fans from the website bring the couple cold water, offer up spare bedrooms and reach out to help make this journey happen.

There is also a book and full-length movie in the works. Along the way, the couple are shooting video that will end up being a documentary of the many aspects that a journey like this entails.

Racing winter as the pair head west, keeping just below the Canadian border, they hope to end up in Seattle, Washington before they have to trade their bicycles for snowshoes or cross-country skis.

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