Wilton Man Racks Up 5k Miles on Bike at 96

By Reid Chandler, KCRG-TV9

WILTON, Iowa - A 96-year-old man in Wilton keeps pedaling ahead in life -- thanks to 3 wheels, good cheer and an easy laugh.

L. B. Eaton has ridden nearly 5,000 miles on his three-wheeled bike, which was a gift for this 93rd birthday.

“Oh it feels great, I just wrote in my email I don’t feel any different than 95!” he said.

“He’s a legend around town. It’s like ‘Ohhhh that’s your dad. Ohhh you’re his daughter.’ You know everybody knows the guy on the three-wheeler,” said daughter Barbara Brenner.

An odometer on the bike lets Eaton keep track of his travels, showing he often racks up 20 miles in a day.

“When they saw him after being in Arizona for the winter, then he came up for a treatment, they were just amazed,” his daughter Linda Eaton said.

Eaton’s family says he’s always been active, but as this veteran of World War II got older he’s replaced judo and handball with cycling.

“I generally pick something that’s more challenging, and it’s like going against the wind or going uphill. And I’ve had a few accidents with it,” said L. B. Eaton.

But every time he falls, he gets back up, and his family wants to share their inspiration with the world.

“Everyone should know how he is, not just us,” Linda Eaton said.

Eaton’s goal was to make his late wife Luetta and his children proud, and they say he’s accomplished it.

“Think positive, enjoy life, and live it new everyday. That’s what he inspires us to do,” Linda Eaton said.

And Eaton plans to keep pedaling at this same brisk pace, hoping three years down the road, he’ll pass 10,000 miles.

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