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SAN DIEGO –  A  former architect from Minnesota is riding his bike from Alaska to Argentina to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries.

Ian Anderson, 24, who crossed the border into Mexico Thursday, will travel 17,000 miles on his year-and-a-half long journey. He began his quest in September and says he usually rides about seven or eight hours a day beginning at sunrise.

The USC graduate says he has everything he needs to survive on his bike.

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“Camping equipment, a stove, a pot, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, two pairs of clothes,” Anderson said. All of that adds up to about 92 pounds.

Anderson’s inspiration came after a friend was paralyzed in a drunk driving accident. He hopes to raise $1 per mile of his ride for spinal cord awareness.

Check out his pictures on Instagram or click here to support Ian.