“Responding to the Need for Affordable Supportive Housing for Individuals with Mental Illness in N/NW Suburban Cook County”


Victory - The Task Force arrived in Washington D.C.  on  May 23, 2010 

The Ride for Housing across the American Discovery Trail was made  to raise support and awareness that  recovery from mental illness is possible with better services including permanent supportive housing .

Mary Lou and Al Lowry and Nate Maier

We would like to thank everyone who gave us encouragement, sponsored us and continued important work locally while we took the ride to Washington D.C.

- Mary Lou, Al, Nate -

You can still help support the creation of permanent supportive housing in N N-W Cook County by sponsoring our riders:



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April 30, 2010 - Day 1 of our journey and in front of a  possible site for supportive housing in  Arlington Heights, IL                                

Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - So far we are on schedule with no problems we have missed all the rain except yesterday after we reached our accommodations we went out to eat and we were caught in a deluge we took shelter at a drive through window at a local bank that caused some laughter from the bank employees Today we are going to Peru In

The wind has been a slight problem
We hope for all northwest winds

Sunday, May 9, 2010

We have left Indiana and we are enjoying a beautiful afternoon by the banks of Coyote Creek. We are staying in a lovely log cabin on 120 acre cattle farm.

The wind has been a huge factor most days but today it was at our back. We are at the foot of the Appalacians. Peddling maybe strenuous tomorrow.

We rode on a beautiful trail in Indiana, Cardinal Greenway which some day will connect Chicago to Cincinnati plus it had the added benefit of blocking the wind

Thursday, May 13, 2010

We are near Hillsboro, Ohio which is well named for the many hills in the town.
We have bicycled 500 miles so far

We have reached the Applachians. The last two days we biked In the rain.
We started out today on back country roads that we gravel and full of holes.
We traveled 7 miles in two hours so we rerouted ourselves on state highways and were able to travel much faster.
We were at Hocking Hills State Park and Burr Oaks State Park we had no cell phone service We are in Parkersburg West Virginia and tomorrow we will be on The North Bend Rail Trail.

Saturday, May 15, 2010
North Bend Bike Trail was really a disappintment. The tunnels were exciting but the trail was mostly undeveloped. The trail was a combination of grass and
mug and it had just rained the last two days so we were riding in mud. Finally we left the trail and climbed the mountains.. We have 3 more days in West Virginia.

Thursday, May 17, 2010 (photo by Nate Maier)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

 The Task Force arrives in Washington DC !

We rode into Washington DC yesterday at1:30. We had combined 9 flat tires and I rode the last few miles on a flat.

 -- Mary Lou Lowry

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Thank you to all of our neighbors and friends that joined us February 20, 2009 at the kick-off reception in Palatine, Illinois.