By: Carly O'Keefe
MARION, Ill. - Sunday, April 22, Rob Landes of Marion, Illinois will start his cross-country road trip for Muscular Sclerosis. "We'll be riding from Costa Mesa, California and we'll traverse the United States going north east to Boston, Massachusetts," Landes said.
He'll travel 3,459 miles entirely on a bicycle. "This is something I've literally dreamed of since I was in high school," said Landes. Landes will participate in the 'Fast America Ride'. He'll pedal through 15 states over 32 days, riding up to 153 miles per day. "I think physically I'm ready, and I think in my mind I haven't given myself the ability to fail," Landes said.
Landes' determination is fueled by more than just his dream of crossing the country on a bike. "My mom was diagnosed with muscular sclerosis ten years ago. The Tyler Hamilton Foundation--he's my favorite cyclist--benefits people with multiple sclerosis directly through grants and research," said Landes.