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South Lake Tahoe Man Tries to Improve U.S.-Iran Relations

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Rick Gunn is most at home when he's on the road. As a world cyclist, he's ridden 26,000 miles through more than 40 countries. And he's made friends all along the way. But his closest friend was a fellow world cyclist who is from Iran.

"We met in Malaysia," Gunn says. "And in just ten minutes, over a cup of coffee we were fast friends. Sure we have differences but our similarities far outweighed any differences."

They rode together across Malaysia in a gesture of peace. And they have continued that mission with a program they call Wheels of Peace.

"It's all about communication," Gunn says. "We are having school children draw artwork of peace and write letters. We already have more than 500 sets of pen pals between the U.S. and Iran. We scan in the artwork and translate the letters and kids are sharing their lives and they are all communicating."

Gunn and his Iranian counterpart are planning a ride together across Iran. He is currently waiting for a visa. They plan to start their ride in December. And he says that with our without the visa, their program will continue.

Gunn lives in South Lake Tahoe.

You can learn more about Wheels of Peace at

Written by Erin Breen

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