Cycling for Leader Dogs

Trans-America Solo Bicycle Ride, Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine
Approximately 3,500 miles in 51 days

Published in: Update - Issue 2 - 2012 »    Listen to Article ♫
Mark riding across a bridge

Mark is riding without a vehicle escort
from Oregon to Maine. He carries all
his supplies on his body, his bicycle or
in his trailer.

If You Don't Dream Big, You Can't Expect Big Things to Happen.

Mark Mansell, a school superintendent in La Center, Washington is always pushing his students to dream big. But as most great educators know, the best way to lead is by example, so Mark is dreaming big for himself and for Leader Dogs for the Blind.

This summer Mark is riding his bicycle 3,500 miles across the U.S., from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine, to raise awareness of Leader Dogs for the Blind and to raise at least $35,000 to support Leader Dog's programs.

Mark first learned about Leader Dog as a member of the La Center Lions Club. So when he approached his wife Debbie with his idea of riding cross-country, and she suggested he ride to raise money for Leader Dog, he decided to go for it.

On June 16, Mark started his solo trip across the U.S. (and part of Canada). He plans on reaching Maine in the first week of August. Though he is alone on the road, Mark keeps in touch with family, friends, supporters and work via the internet by updating his blog and Facebook page every day. Though he will spend most nights camping, many Lions Club members along the route have reached out to support Mark with a place to rest and a warm meal. Both welldeserved after 8–10 hours on a bike!

Cycling for Leader Dogs lapel pin

Good luck, Mark, and thanks for teaching us all to Dream Big!

Donate to support Mark as he crosses the U.S. Become a penny-per-mile sponsor with a $35 donation, and you will receive a Cycling for Leader Dogs sponsor pin. Learn more about Cycling for Leader Dogs »