'Today' show's Matt Lauer to make bike stops Monday in Mystic, New London

Matt Lauer, the longtime co-host of NBC’s "Today" show, is slated to stop in New London at 11 a.m. today as he rides his bike 230 miles over five days from Boston to the show’s studio in New York City to mark the inaugural Red Nose Day in the United States.

On Sunday, Lauer rode 47 miles from Fenway Park to Providence where he was greeted by children from the Boys and Girls Club at the state capitol building. The Providence Boys and Girls club is one of 12 nonprofit organizations that will benefit from the donations raised during his ride

Early Monday he set off from Providence and was expected to make a stop at the Mystic River Building Co. at 67 New London Turnpike (Route 184). He was to be greeted there by staff from Mystic Seaport and Spouter, the museum’s 57-foot-long inflatable sperm whale that accompanied the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan when it visited historic New England ports last summer.

Seaport spokesman Dan McFadden said Lauer is not taking a detour to the museum because he wants to stay on his route.

“So we’re bring Spouter to him,” he said.

Lauer is expected to pedal on to New London where he will be welcomed at the Parade Plaza. He then is slated to board a Cross Sound ferry to Orient Point, N.Y.

According to Today.com, Red Nose Day is a British-born fundraising event that invites people to raise money for those in need. NBC is scheduled to broadcast a prime time special marking the United State’s first Red Nose Day on Thursday.



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