May 19, 2019
Retired Navy Lieutenant Commander Mark Gutierrez is riding solo 5000+-miles across the country to benefit veterans and first responders of Project Hero. Gutierrez served almost 12 years in the Navy with the Explosive Ordnance Disposal and was deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan. While serving his last duty station, he began to experience complications from combat-related injuries that included black outs, lack of sleep and problems with daily functioning. Mark began taking part in Project Hero’s Walter Reed HUB therapy programs in 2017. He is an expert cyclist who has ridden many small tours, but this is his first time riding coast to coast.
Mark's trek will take him into the Midwest including Kansas City and the Pacific Northwest, where he will ride through Oregon. He is planning to arrive in San Diego to complete his journey in November. His exact daily mileage and location are based on the travel and experiences of the day.
Mark has made his way to Tennessee! Along his travels, he's come across some pretty unique places, like Wilson County.
Please share and support his journey!
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