Cycling 4 Children ’08


2008 Equal Parenting Bike Trek – 758 Miles – Lansing Michigan to Washington, D.C.

Five Michigan fathers will pedal their bicycles 758 miles from Lansing, MI to Washington, D.C.

  • Robb MacKenzie – Upper Penninsula of Michigan – US EPBT Founder – 2007 cyclist
  • Robert Pedersen – West Michigan – 2007 Runner-Up Winner in Best Life Magazine’s National Hero Dad Contest, Co-Founder of A Child’s Right – 2007 cyclist
  • Brian Downs, Esq. – Grand Rapids MI – Running for Judge in Kent County MI in 2008
  • Derek Bailey, MSW – Traverse City MI – American Indian. Founder of Dance4Equality
  • Mike Saxton – Lansing MI – Dads of Michigan

Robert Pedersen, who keeps Murdoc in the loop about this effort, points out The Price Some Reservists Have To Pay by Phyllis Schlafly.

Most of the reservists called up to serve in the Iraq war have paid a big price: a significant reduction of their wages as they transferred from civilian to military jobs, separation from their loved ones, and of course the risk of battle wounds or death. Regrettably, on their return home, those who are divorced fathers could face another grievous penalty: loss of their children, financial ruin, prosecution as “deadbeat dads,” and even jail.

Reservists’ child-support orders were based on their civilian wages, and when they are called up to active duty, that burden doesn’t decrease.