South Bend man biking cross-country to raise money for crisis pregnancy center

If you've seen the film Forest Gump then this story is very similar.

Local South Bend native Bill Bihlman is taking on the challenge to bike cross-country solo from San Diego across the nation to the east coast.

The distance is estimated to be 3,500 miles and a total of 7-to-8 weeks to complete.

The route is based upon visiting seven Ray and Joan Kroc Community Centers along the way.

But his journey is for a much bigger cause.

He plans to raise thousands of dollars to The O'Connor House, which is a woman's shelter for unwed women in crisis pregnancies and their children.

To help the cause or for more information you can follow Bill on his website or Like his facebook page.

"A couple of years ago I decided to ride cross country for just a personal goal," Bihlman explains. "I thought it would be the ultimate challenge. Mind. Body. And spirit. Being a bit entrepreneurial, I thought if I'm going to ride then I'm going to ride for a cause or purpose."

"This charity was ideal. I have a good friend of mine who is involved with the board. So, I proposed to the board of directors that following week and they were very enthusiastic about it," he added.


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