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Skateboarder visits Ogle County on trip across America

Published: Thursday, June 26, 2014 1:05 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014 1:06 p.m. CDT
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Kevin Kreider navigates the intersection of Ill. 2 and Ill. 64 as he heads east in his skateboarding trek from California to New York Thursday morning. Kreider spent the night of June 11 at the White Pines Inn after skateboarding along Ill. 64 from Savanna. He is making a documentary of this journey. Photo by Earleen Hinton

By Vinde Wells

Editor

Fulfilling a personal dream and finding out what makes people tick brought Kevin Kreider rolling into Mt. Morris and Oregon earlier this month as he skateboards his way from Los Angeles to New York City.

Kreider, who was born in Seoul, Korea and adopted by an American couple at the age of 3, decided to make the trip in a unique way to strengthen his connection to America.

His trip and its experiences along with the people he meets along the way are being videotaped for what Kreider hopes will be a documentary film to encourage others to step out and fulfill their dreams.

“I’m doing this because I was unhappy with my life and I wanted to do something about it,” Kreider said. “I was just dissatisfied because I thought my career was over. I only knew modeling and acting for six years. I wanted to fulfill my own dream and my own goal. It’s proven to be one of the most fulfilling things I’ve done in my life.”

Success in acting and modeling created so much stress in Kreider’s life that he suffered from hair loss, a threat to his appearance-based career.

“I wanted to see America through my own eyes,” he said. “I’m exploring what obstacles prevents people from fulfilling their dreams.”

He left Los Angeles April 15 and rolled into Ogle County on Ill. 64 on June 11. By June 23 he was in Fort Wayne, Ind.

Kreider made the first part of the trip with a friend Rocky Chow following him in a chase car. However, work responsibilities required Chow to return to Los Angeles once the pair reached Chicago.

The prospect of making the rest of the trip alone left Kreider undaunted.

He said his back pack will be larger and heavier, but he was prepared for what might happen along the way.

A native of Philadelphia, Kreider said he plans to return to California after his trip.

“I want to learn to edit film and still pursue acting,” he said.

To follow Kreider’s trip online go to Kevin & His Skateboard.

Contributions to his efforts can be made via PayPal.

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