I’ve been lucky to have the continual support of family, friends, and community since my accident, which has allowed me to travel and compete at a level I never dreamed of in my able-bodied life. We’d like this trip to generate some publicity for what disabled athletes can accomplish when they have the right infrastructure behind them. We’ll be partnering with Oregon Disability Sports, based out of Portland, and throughout the trip we’ll be meeting up with disability sports and disability rights organizations to share our story and contribute to the mission of increasing independence and access to sport for people with disabilities across the Americas.
Because there’s a great big world out there and we’d like to see as much of it as we can. Because engaging with the world in a physical way is the most satisfying way I know how to live.
Much of this trip is an expedition into the unknown. No one on a handcycle has ever rode many of these roads, and to keep our pace even, Kelly will be hauling much more weight than the normal touring cyclist. Not many people have experience with self-supported handcycle touring, much less on this scale. That’s why other than the region we don't have an exact destination. We're confident we can make it Patagonia within a year, but how far south will depend on a host of variables that will remain unknown until we actually start pedaling these far off lands. Which is exactly why we do crazy things like this, no? To see what happens.
How You Can Stay Connected and Get Involved
We’ll be active on social media – Facebook and Twitter – and blogging our progress in the run up to this trip. Stay connect through longroadsouth.com, which will be updated as we solidify plans, connect with sponsors, raise funds, and generally get ready to hit the road.
Know of a place we need to visit, an organization that we should connect with as we ride south, or a company that might be interested in sponsoring our trip? We want to hear about it! This is a big project and we can use all the ideas and help that you can give.