STEWARTVILLE, Minn.- There is always a reminder of why they are on this journey.
"I have about 70 days worth of cards with names on them and I keep those in this little lunchbox that I keep on the front of my bike. When I'm having a tough day, I'll look down and I see that name and I'm like this is why I'm here this is why I'm here and that's what really pushes me through at the end of the day," Maxwell Newton said.
Newton lost all four of his grandparents to cancer and he's holding them close to his heart as he rides from Austin, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska.
Each University of Texas student had to raise $4,500 before they could participate in the 4,500-mile trek across the country.
Every dollar raised goes to cancer research.
On Thursday evening, the group rode from La Crosse, Wisconsin, to Stewartville, Minnesota, to stay the night at Ironwood Springs Ranch before waking up at 6 to head to the Twin Cities for their next pit stop.
Thursday is day 33 of the trip but all together, it will take 70 days.
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