Russell York stopped in Artesia today  to take a rest from his cross country bike ride for charity which started 31 days ago. (Tyler Green - Daily Press)

Russell York stopped in Artesia today to take a rest from his cross country bike ride for charity which started 31 days ago. (Tyler Green - Daily Press)

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Russell York, a 21-year-old college student nearing the end of a 3,500-mile cross country bike ride for charity, made a rest stop in Artesia today just before noon.

York made his way down Main Street before retiring for the day. A student at Patrick Henry College in West Virginia, York accepted a challenge from his friend to make the arduous trek via bike back to his hometown of San Diego.

York’s friend works for Young Life, a non-denominational Christian ministry that reaches out to adolescents worldwide. York started his journey 31 days ago.

Daily blogs about his trip can be found at 3000milesforukraine.com, and York says he has already raised more than $5,000 for the nonprofit. … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.