Special to the E-T

The “Texas 4000,” which consists of up to 42 University of Texas students, made their way through Stephenville this week.

The group is riding their bicycles from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska.

The 42 bicyclists are divided into two teams that will be taking two different routes from Austin to Anchorage.

The Texas 4000 go on this extremely long and grueling trip to draw awareness to the battle against cancer and to raise funds for the cause.

The teams are named for their routes: Coastal and Rockies. Each team will be on a 70-day bicycling trip, which began on June 2 and will conclude on Aug. 10.

The Rockies team consists of 17 members, while the Coastal team consists of 25 members. Each team left Austin on June 2 and rode to Lampasas, as one large group.

They spent the night together in Lampasas, and when they left Lampasas the next morning, they parted ways on their different routes. The Rockies team left Lampasas and rode to Stephenville on June 3.

FMC Stephenville served as the Rockies host while they were in Stephenville. John Moore, Operations Manager for the Stephenville facility, rented two vans to escort the Rockies team to supper on Sunday evening.

John Moore and David Swearingen (of the FMC facility) drove the team to a local favorite, Hard 8 BBQ.

After the meal and lots of visiting, the Rockies were dropped back by Tarleton State University, where university officials had arranged for the cyclists to stay the night in the dorms.

The team then was treated to breakfast at another local favorite, Peacock's Restaurant.

The riders were dropped off at Tarleton State University to continue their long journey. Next stop: Ft. Worth. To learn more about the Texas 4000, go to texas4000.org.