Bike for PACTT 2017

Thank you, Lisa Shanahan and Lisa Ryan! Your "Superior" efforts on this year's bike ride resulted in more than $32,000 in contributions to support PACTT programs! Follow their updates below, as they rolled through northern Wisconsin.

Check out their route HERE.

notes from the road ... 

Day 7

Break of dawn energy,
afternoon serenity,
twilight reflections, connections.
Sprint the last leg, always.

"Been away so long I hardly knew the place
Gee it's good to be back home
Leave it til tomorrow to unpack my case
Honey disconnect the phone"

(Back in the USSR)

Day 6

Bobcats, coyote and big black bear, oh no.....
An eagle soaring, two fawns and a doe
Brave bikers, flat tires, lose gravel, 
so dire!
Cold enough for ya?
Oh Christer!  Ya know?

"Those raindrops are fallin' on my head, they keep fallin'
So I just did me some talkin' to the sun
And I said I didn't like the way he got things done
Sleepin' on the job
Those raindrops are fallin' on my head, they keep fallin'
But there's one thing I know
The blues they send to meet me won't defeat me
It won't be long till happiness steps up to greet me
Raindrops keep fallin' on my head
But that doesn't mean my eyes will soon be turnin' red
Cryin's not for me
'Cause I'm never gonna stop the rain by complainin'
Because I'm free
Nothin's worryin' me"

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Day 5

Broken gears

Inclement weather

Killer hills

Enough determination for the 100+ miles ahead

Don’t stop if you wake up and don’t want to smile.

It takes just a little while.

Open your eyes and look at the day.

You’ll see things in a different way.

Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow.

Don’t stop, it will soon be here.

Day 4

Latest news from our cyclists Lisa,

we ate sauerkraut atop our pizza.

Energized the next day,

steep hills all the way.

The ride down is always a beaut, eh?


What goes up must come down.

Spinnin’ wheels got to go round.

Talkin’ bout your steep hills is a cryin’ shame.

Ride a road bike baby let the spinnin’ wheel spin!

Day 3

Biking the shoreline.

Cattle shrouded in the mist.

Fog then sun.

"And we won't back down. Hey baby, there ain't no easy way out.  We won't back down.  Hey we won't back down.  Well we know what's right.  We just got one life." - Tom Petty

Day 2

Superior, Wisconsin to Duluth, Minnesota via the Oliver Bridge.
Industrial port cities give way to Lake Superior’s rugged ridge. 

60 miles, pelting rain, slick pavement, yikes.
The determined Lisas forged forward on their bikes.

Wrong turns, the road less traveled by, ignoring the route others led.
Fair weather, greener pastures and 240 miles of biking ahead.

“We can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
We’ve rid of all obstacles in our way
Gone are the dark clouds that had us blind
It's gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.”

Day One

  • 7 hour road trip.
  • 6 days on a bike.
  • 5 AM reveille.
  • 4 wheels between us.
  • 3 hundred miles.
  • 2 Lisa's.
  • 2 "Nutcases".
  • 1 goal.
  • 0 sense of direction.

"Help me Garmin, help, help me Garmin.  Help me Garmin, help, help me Garmin.  Help me Garmin, yeah, get us back to our camp......."

(cover, from left): Lisa Ryan, Marty, Lisa Shanahan

12th annual ride raises autism awareness & support for PACTT

Dear Friend,

We’re “gearing up” for a Superior bike ride! For the last eleven years, one of us has pedaled for PACTT Learning Center, a not for profit agency that serves people with autism. This year is no exception as Lisa will be riding over 300 miles along Lake Superior in the Northwoods of Wisconsin with her friend Lisa Ryan in a week long effort to raise awareness and funds for PACTT programs. 

Our son Marty has been a participant at PACTT for over twelve years and has made great strides toward a more productive and fulfilling life. We are grateful that PACTT provides the intensive supports that Marty needs and believe strongly in the community-integrated housing and supported employment model offered at PACTT. Marty lives in one of PACTT’s group homes and attends their adult vocational program where he builds on the communication and social skills that enable him to be employed part time. 

PACTT has been there all along for Marty and many others with educational, residential and vocational programs. When you support PACTT Learning Center, you help Marty and other people with severe autism thrive in a compassionate model of care that challenges the established way of providing services for individuals with autism. The comprehensive support found at PACTT is unique in Illinois and that’s why we’re committed to helping PACTT grow to serve others like Marty. 

Please join us in helping PACTT strengthen the connection between people with autism and their community by making a contribution in support of PACTT by using the enclosed envelope or going to and donating online. Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank you!