The Big Ride Across America

The Big Ride Across America

Jessica Tanihana – Roseville, CA

You may have seen Jessica Tanihana speak at the First Place 4 Health Hope 4 You event in California.  You may have seen her success story on the First Place 4 Health website or in the newsletter.  Now you can see her on her bike as she rides across America – literally!  Jessica pedaled out of Seattle on June 20th on a bicycle heading to Washington, D.C.  She’s riding in the Big Ride Across America benefitting the American Lung Association.

The Big Ride Across America will last 48 days total with 40 days of cycling and eight days of rest. From its start, the route rolls into Idaho. It will take eight days to cross Montana. From there, the group rides into northern Wyoming and then dips into South Dakota. Tanihana plans a rendezvous with her sister in Rapid City. The ride continues through South Dakota for six days and then into Minnesota, followed by Wisconsin. Then, it’s into Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania with a scheduled Aug. 6 arrival in Washington, D.C. The cyclists will average 87 miles a day.

It’s an opportunity for me, much like a missionary or monk, to have some quiet time, do some soul searching, enjoy the splendor of this amazing country we live in,” she said. “I get to see almost a quarter of the states, and I get to do it at 16 miles per hour. I get to take in Sandusky, Ohio, at a slow pace, get to meet people along the way, moo at cows if I feel compelled to moo at cows.

Encouragement from her FP4H family ~ If you would like to write Jessica words of encouragement along the way, you can send them to the following mail drops:

Day 19 – Friday, July 08, 2011:  Rapid City Main Office, 500 East Blvd, Rapid City, SD 57701

Day 26 – Friday, July 15, 2011:  New Ulm Main Office, 27 S German St, New Ulm, MN 56073

Day 31 – Wednesday, July 20, 2011:  Madison University Station Office, 441 N Lake St, Madison, WI 53715

Day 39 – Thursday, July 28, 2011:  Burton Main Office, 14519 N Cheshire St, Burton, OH 44021

Day 45 – Wednesday, August 03, 2011:  Gettysburg Main Office, 115 Buford Ave, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Sample address below:

Big Ride 2011

(Rider’s Name)

General Delivery – Gettysburg Main Office

115 Buford Ave

Gettysburg, PA 17325

If you would like to read more about Jessica, go here: http://www.firstplace4health.com/stories/109/jessica_tanihana

If you would like to see her route (or greet her along the way!) go here: http://www.cleanairadventures.org/big_ride_across_america/route_map.html

UPDATE!! – Jessica finishes her ride at the Capitol in D.C.!  Read about it on our blog:  http://fp4h.blogspot.com/2011/08/once-in-lifetime-experience.html

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