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Salida roller derby athletes tackling cross-country fundraising skate
Kim Bouldin sounds lost.
"What day is this? I've lost track. I think we are on day 20," she says, her voice lost in the growl of a passing truck.
She's at a roadside convenience store just outside Biloxi, Miss.
The days are a blur. Roller skating 700 miles on rough roads over three weeks does strange things to your mind and body, says the mother and wife from Salida.
"We have created a great affinity for gas stations," she said, describing a breakfast of Lays potato chips and chocolate milk. "I looked at my dinner the other night. It was Nutter Butters, Pringles and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. I can't believe the things I'm putting in my body. We are almost like pregnant women. We have these weird cravings."
Starting in Cocoa Beach, Fla., Bouldin and a group of roller-derby skaters from Salida are traversing the country, pushing Thule Chariot strollers in a self-supported mission to raise money and awareness for victims of sexual assault and domestic abuse.