Earlier this summer, Dr. Mark Mansell, an ambitious Lions Club member, wrote a post detailing his progress on his trans-American bicycling journey from Portland, OR to Portland, ME. The idea for his trip was fueled by his passion to raise support and awareness for Leader Dogs for the Blind. After successfully completing this 3,500 mile trip, Mark explains how combining cycling and technology grew his idea from a personal goal to a story that impacted and engaged thousands of people from across the country.
When I was a kid, I often started the school year with an assignment that was titled “What I Did Over My Summer Vacation.” There is a piece of me that wishes I was back in school, because after this summer I would have no problem coming up with an amazing story to share with the rest of the class. You see, back in January I had this crazy idea that over the summer I wanted to ride my bicycle from Portland, OE to Portland ME – a 3,500 mile trip. What started out as just another crazy idea actually became a successful reality.