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I arrived home a couple days ago to a Facebook message from an old friend. She wanted to tell me about three guys she knows from college who are biking to Barack Obama's inauguration. They're traveling all the way from Raleigh, North Carolina, to Washington, D.C. -- about 277 miles -- and don't even know where they're going to sleep once they arrive (they say they've brought all-weather camping gear with them). She ended her message with a half-joking "You should, like, totally put it on CNN, lol!" Well, thanks to iReport.com, you don't have to know anyone in the news business to share your story with the world. I messaged her back and asked her to tell her cyclist friends about iReport. The next day, I arrived at work to find that not only had they submitted an iReport, but they'd already been contacted by CNN and HLN producers and were going to be interviewed on HLN! I'd had nothing to do with it -- other producers spotted the great story and snapped it up on their own. And it is a great story -- check out their iReport. Matt Watts, Matt Huffman, and Darryl Jones are biking to D.C., they say, to harness the energy they felt during and after the election. They're also doing it to highlight an environmentally friendly way to travel and a way to sacrifice during tough economic times. The group headed out yesterday and hopes to pick up additional riders along the way, arriving in Washington in time for the inauguration on Tuesday. You may not be biking to the inauguration, but we want to know what you ARE doing. Will you be on the mall in Washington? Watching with family and friends at home? Or maybe you'll be in one of the cities where Obama's train will stop on its way to D.C. for the inauguration? Whatever it is, keep sending your photos to iReport.
Thank you CNN for your coverage of all the important things that go on in our country. I always watch CNN when I want to know what is going on in the world.
Can you extend a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our new first lady Michelle Obama.