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Cyclist biking to Montana to raise money for clean water

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Biking across the country may sound like a great summer adventure, but for an Alabama man it's a mission to raise money and awareness for a cause close to his heart.

Robert Montgomery, 33, of Birmingham, AL, is riding to raise money to help people around the world gain access to clean and safe drinking water.

He posted a video on his Facebook page that showed a small child in Uganda scooping water out of a dirty creek into a container for drinking. He said he's determined to change images like this.

"There's people hiking miles every day, lugging water containers just to make it through the day. Some water is not safe to drink," said Montgomery.

When Montgomery learned about struggles like this, he knew he had to act.  He loaded up his bike and hit the road. This week he made his way into the Volunteer State after starting in his home state.

"I really wanted to make it about something more than myself, so I partnered with the organization Neverthirst and decided to try and raise money for them," said Montgomery.

Neverthirst digs wells and provides water filtration systems to several different countries, giving people in need access to clean drinking water.  Montgomery said he hopes to raise $100,000 for the organization.

"Changing that one life or 10 lives or 100 lives will have impact generations down the road," said Montgomery.

Montgomery doesn't have a car or teammates following him during the month-long trek.  It's just him and about 2,000 miles to cover.

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