By Bev Wieler / West Point News Reporter
If Mark Iden was sharing his experiences from this summer, they would include spending time with his daughter, Ashley McKown, riding BRAN, raising money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and becoming a grandfather.
Some of his summer activities were part of his bucket list, things he wants to do.
When Iden decided to ride BRAN he not only thought about the time with his daughter, what they would see and the miles they would cover, it also came to him to use this outing as a way to raise money for the diabetes foundation. He works at Land O’Frost as Director of Engineering, a position he has held for 41 plus years.
Land O’Frost is a sponsor for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with employees raising money for the foundation.
Iden contacted family and friends asking for donations if he completed the BRAN ride of 481 miles.
“I’ve worked with a lot of vendors through the years,” he said. “When I asked for the donations I told people I would make myself worthy of their contribution by riding across Nebraska.”
Iden raised $3,839.
BRAN was June 2-8. The ride started at Kimball and day by day riders traveled to Chappell, Paxton, Gothenberg, Kearney, Aurora, Brainard, and ended at the Strategic Air Space Museum at Ashland.
With plenty of photo opportunities along the way, Ashley captured a variety of photographs that she made into a book.
One of the most exciting views on the ride came on the ride to Brainard. It was a sign announcing that Jacob Jordan Iden was born.
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