A bicyclist from Albany died in a collision with a truck near the city of Montezuma in central Iowa, according to the Iowa State Patrol.

Jason Lee Morris, 33, died  Wednesday on Iowa Highway 85 when a truck driver spotted the cyclist and moved to the center line to give more room, according to the Iowa patrol.

The truck’s front right tire blew, causing the truck to move hard to the right, hitting Morris. The truck went into a ditch and rolled over.

Morris’ mother Patti talked with the Democrat-Herald Thursday.

Jason Morris had been living in Portland, working at Yahoo!, when he decided to leave his job for what he planned to be a six-month bike ride around the United States.

On June 2, Morris posted the following to his blog:

“Saturday was my last day at Yahoo! where I’ve worked for the past four years. I’ve traded my 9 to 5 for an adventure, something exciting to do, my own story that I can tell. So, in 21 days (or so) I will begin my story by riding on a bicycle across the USA.”

He left from Corvallis on July 23.

“This was him. He was this way,” his mother said.  “I knew he wanted to do something, something that would be an impact on his life.”

She had been keeping his friends up to date with his blog, gogojmo.com/wblog/

She remembers a co-worker saying of her son:  “He knew you two minutes or less and you’d be his friend.”

“He was a wonderful, enjoyable man,” she said. His friends had been sending her Facebook messages all day.

“It’s been overwhelming to read how much they enjoyed him,” she said. “He always wanted people to be joyful.”

A graduate of Santiam Christian School, Jason took a Bible with him to learn what it said, his mother said.

“We have always taught our three sons to love the Lord and follow what Jesus has taught us,” she said.

A Benton County sheriff’s deputy knocked on her door sometime after 5 Wednesday night and informed her there had been an accident.

Jason Lee Morris is survived by his parents, Patti and Stan Morris, two brothers, and several uncles in Eugene and Roseburg.

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