A bent rim on Eric Hites’ bicycle has kept him in Tiverton since late last week, 90 miles from where his ride began in Falmouth, Massachusetts, reports The Newport Daily News.
Newport Bicycle is outfitting Hites with a new bike that can withstand his weight.
In two weeks on the road, the 40-year-old says he’s lost 60 pounds.
Hites, who currently wears size 70 pants and a 10X T-shirt, says he’s always been a big person. He hopes to lose hundreds of pounds and gather material for a second book.
He is also writing about his experience, and looking for sponsors, on a site he has created for his trek – Fat Guy Across America.
And while he writes on the site that he is doing this for his wife more than anything, it is also for his health.
“You don’t have to end up on My 600 Pound Life,” said Hites.
“You can just do it yourself. Skip gastric bypass and do it on your own.”
As for what might happen if he cannot get his bike back and fized, Hittes said;
“I’m hooking up a rope to my trailer and making a harness and I’m just going to start pulling it until I can find a sponsor.
“Because I can’t stop, I got to keep moving.”
He previously authored a humorous cookbook entitled “Everybody Loves Ramen,” which includes 50 recipes he developed in college.