Meet the Road Roariors
Two Lions on Motorcycles – “It’s all going to the dogs.”
If you think riding a motorcycle 24 straight days for a total of nearly 10,000 miles sounds like fun, then you would get along famously with Lions Mark and Debbie Mansell from the La Center Lions Club. Starting June 15, these two Lions from Washington state will embark on this, their latest adventure in support of Leader Dogs for the Blind.
Last summer, Lion Mark rode his bicycle 3,500 miles from coast to coast in support of Leader Dogs for the Blind and in the process raised more than $100,000 for this cause.
“We met so many Lions and Leader Dog supporters last summer that we thought it would be fun to visit as many of them as possible this summer as a way to say thanks,” said Mark. What started out as a “thank you tour” quickly turned into another adventure and national fundraiser.
“We thought since we only had a few weeks of vacation this year, we would need to skip riding bicycles and travel on our motorcycles, instead. It has always been a goal of ours to travel through all 48 states, and since we would be traveling through so many of them to thank people for supporting us last year we thought, why not go for it and ride through all 48 states in one shot!” Lion Debbie added.
The Mansells have been preparing for this trip for months and have been going on many training rides, working out all their gear (totally self-supported), planning their routes and aligning with Lions and other Leader Dog supporters from around the country.
You can follow along with Mark and Debbie through weekly posts here at the Lions Blog, or through their Facebook page. To learn more about this project go to www.leaderdog.org. There you will find more information about the trip, Leader Dogs for the Blind as well as how you can help support this terrific Lions effort.