Pair traveling 3,010 miles toward S.F. on roller skis 

It takes just about four days to drive from the East Coast to the West Coast, all the while traveling through plains, mountains and even deserts.

But what if you made that same trip on roller skis?

That’s exactly what Carolyn and Santi Ocariz are doing as part of Ski Across America.

Their journey started in early March in Charleston, S.C., and will reach its end when they reach San Francisco in a few weeks.

Along the way, they have visited churches, schools and fundraising organizations to raise awareness and money for Food for the Poor, which is an interdenominational Christian ministry that provides health care, housing and education to the poor in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Carolyn and Santi are semiprofessional cross-country skiers that and on the elite teams with the Central Cross Country Ski Association.

The pair has been updating a blog chronicling their journey and was in Southern Utah as of Monday.

They have had little Internet connectivity, which has limited the amount they are able to post to the website.
Their route has taken them through Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Oklahoma. They will still need to travel through Nevada before reaching California.

“The main goal of their athletic adventure is to inspire giving and fundraising on behalf of those desperately in need,” the Ski Across America website said.

Their goal, the website said, is to raise $36 for each of the 3,010 miles of the trip. However, they are less than a tenth of the way to that goal.

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