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Portland community comes out to help South Korean traveler after bike was stolen

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A South Korean man biking from Canada to Argentina thought his dream of traveling was over after his bike and hiking gear was stolen outside a Fred Meyer's in southeast Portland.

Thirty-five days into a biking trip from Canada to Argentina, Minhyeong Kim found himself stranded in southeast Portland.

"My mother, very worried about me first time and she crying because of me, I'm very sad," said Kim.

The avid biker says when he got to Portland on June 30, he stopped by the Fred Meyer's on Southeast Caesar Chavez and Southeast Hawthorne. In that 10 minute pit stop, Kim walked out to where he locked up his bike only to find it was gone, along with all of his camping gear.

When Portland's biking community heard about Kim's story, many came out to help him out.

On Thursday, people from all over Portland came out to Apex Bar to donate money, clothes, and even bikes to get Kim back on the seat and riding towards his dream.

"Everybody here has probably had a bike stolen, so we all now how he feels and it sucks," said Bryan Hance with Bike Index.

Hance rounded up bikers from all over Portland to help Kim.

So far, Hance says they've raised well over $900.

"He's already gone 1,500 miles, there's no way we're letting him stop. He's got to get to Argentina and everyone here just made that happen," said Hance.

The theft itself caught Kim by surprise, but the overwhelming support from Portland's biking community made things a lot better.

"Every people who live in Portland raise me up, so I'm getting better," said Kim.

Kim says he will continue his journey to Argentina that he's worked so hard for, and he wants his mom to know he's OK.

"Don't worry about me, yeah. I'm happy, I'm a very lucky guy," Kim said.

Kim hasn't said when he's getting back to his journey, but for now, he's enjoying his time in the Rose City.

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