Former Mac College student riding cross country in classmate's memory

By Chris Swick
June 23, 2015
Photo Courtesy of Facebook

A former classmate of a McPherson College student killed in a bicycle-versus-vehicle crash in 2012 is riding cross country in his memory.

Emily James was a senior at Mac College when Paul Ziegler was struck and killed in September of 2012.

“He always wanted to do this cross-country bicycle ride for peace awareness,” James said. “When I decided I wanted to ride my bike across the country, it seemed like a very natural thing to talk to his parents and work with them on their efforts towards raising money for an organization called On Earth Peace.”

James has been riding for the last 30 days, averaging about 60-miles a day after starting out from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Making the trip just a little more special is the fact that Paul's parents have been a big part of the journey.

“They've ridden with me when I left from Elizabeth town and they rode with me to Charlottesville, [Virginia],” James said. “And they're riding with me a couple of days [in Kansas] and are planning on meeting me at the end. They've very much been apart of the trip and the process.”

James estimates that she has raised between $3,500 and $4,000 towards the 3,000 Miles for Peace campaign. She plans to complete her journey around the Aug. 1 in Astoria, Oregon.

To find out more about James' journey, or to donate, you can