Elizabeth Schreiber has traveled 2,838 miles across the country so far — on her bike.
And she has about 5,000 more to go.
The Shaker Heights native is participating in The Big Ride, a 3,300-mile, 49-day journey across the country that started June 18 in Seattle and ends in Washington, DC.
Schreiber isn't just pushing those pedals for fun. She raised $6,656, more than her goal of $6,500, for the American Lung Association. Four thousand goes directly to the organization, and the rest helps pay for meals, camping and support services during the trip, which is meant to raise awareness of the organization and its efforts to prevent and treat lung disease.
She and the 18 other cyclists participating in the ride stopped in her hometown on their way from Sandusky to Burton Friday, July 27.
Schreiber, who works at Beachwood’s and will attend Ursuline College’s accelerated nursing program this fall, is the only cyclist who hails from Ohio. She took riders past a few of the must-see spots, including the Rock Hall, , , The Botanical Gardens and Coventry Village.
The group stopped at the lawn in Cleveland Heights to meet with Schreiber's mom, Helen, and a few friends waiting to see her and cheer the "big riders" on. Browse the photos above to read more about their journey.
Schreiber's blogs about the experience