Miles to Go
Mark Junge dreamed of one day cycling across the U.S. But that fantasy appeared to end in 2002 when he was diagnosed with COPD and placed on supplemental oxygen 24 hours a day. He retired to his recliner, seemingly tethered to a tank.
But a doctor told Mark about portable liquid oxygen and how, with his medications, he could be mobile again. Once he saw how well he could ride his bike, Mark was all in.
In 2004, through a series of trips, he rode all the way from San Francisco to New York. Since then, he's logged more than 8,500 miles, all to show what’s possible with COPD. At 71, Mark who lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, has another trip planned for this summer, the last leg in a series of rides up the West Coast. He and his wife, Ardath, sat down to talk about how, despite COPD, their lives have stayed in motion.