• Short Summary

    DAVID RYDER, A 22-YEAR-OLD POLIO VICTIM FROM ENGLAND, SET OUT FROM THE UNITED STATES' WEST COAST ON MONDAY (MARCH 30) ON A 3,000-MILE (4,800 KILOMETRE) WALK TO NEW YORK.

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    DAVID RYDER, A 22-YEAR-OLD POLIO VICTIM FROM ENGLAND, SET OUT FROM THE UNITED STATES' WEST COAST ON MONDAY (MARCH 30) ON A 3,000-MILE (4,800 KILOMETRE) WALK TO NEW YORK. THE YOUNG LANDOWNER HOPES TO COMPLETE HIS WALK-FOR-CHARITY IN FOUR AND A HALF MONTHS.

    RYDER, WHO HAS BEEN DISABLED BY POLIO SINCE THE AGE OF TWO HAD DESCRIBED HIS TRIP ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AS A LIFE-LONG AMBITION. LAST YEAR HE WALKED 900 MILES FROM NORTHERN SCOTLAND TO THE SOUTHERN TIP OF ENGLAND, PROMOTING HORSE RIDING FOR THE DISABLED. RYDER SAYS HE WANTS TO SHOW EVERYBODY WHAT WONDERFUL THERAPY HORSE RIDING IS.

    DESPITE HIS CRUTCHES, RYDER CAN MAINTAIN A PACE OF BETWEEN THREE AND A HALF TO FOUR MILES (FIVE POINT FIVE TO SEVEN KILOMETRES) AN HOUR. HE WILL AVOID THE AMERICAN FREEWAYS BUT GO THROUGH AS MANY CITIES AS HE CAN TO GET HIS MESSAGE TO THE MOST PEOPLE. THE ROUTE TAKES HIM THROUGH ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO, TEXAS, OKLAHOMA, KANSAS, MISSOURI, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA AND NEW JERSEY, ENDING ON NEW YORK'S BROADWAY.

    RYDER WAS GIVEN AN OFFICIAL SEND OFF ON MONDAY FROM SANTA MONICA TOWN HALL BEFORE HE SET OUT ON THE FIRST STAGE OF THE WALK 16 MILES (25 KILOMETRES) TO LOS ANGELES CITY, ACCOMPANIED BY A CARAVAN IN WHICH HE WILL REST. AS HE MADE HIS WAY THROUGH THE TOWN, HE TALKED TO A REPORTER:

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    Film ID:
    VLVAA0YIH5MCQKSH37JDX5ZAR1VSS
    Media URN:
    VLVAA0YIH5MCQKSH37JDX5ZAR1VSS
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/04/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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