Wisconsin professors bike journey around the Midwest stops through Rochester

A University of Wisconsin-Madison professor is taking it upon himself to push for solar power in the upper Midwest and Puerto Rico.

Dr. James Tinjum is a professor in the schools engineering department, but he’s currently on his "Bike The Sun" journey, biking across Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin with an electric bike prototype to promote solar energy.

He’s also helping raise funds for "Solar Para Ninos," a solar installation project, with Engineers Without Borders, at a children’s shelter in Puerto Rico.

Tinjum, made his way through Southeastern Minnesota on Friday, and is halfway through his journey, saying it’s been challenging, but very rewarding.

"I was training the weeks ahead about 3 hours a day, now on the trip, I’m biking about 7 hours a day, but feeling really good, losing weight, eating as much as I can. The best parts are the site tours I get and/or meeting with some of the developers to get perspectives about solar energy," said Tinjum.

Tinjum started his journey last Saturday in Madison, which is 14 days long and spans 1,300 miles.

To learn more information about his journey, the project in Puerto Rico, and how you can help him out, you can click here.

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