So as most of you will know, seven years ago last Friday a speeding idiot lost control of his car, blocked his breaks, veered across an admittedly narrow road hitting me on my bicycle head-on, leaving me legless in Burgundy.
But life has gone on. I have pretty much assimilated the situation, I have a loving family and even a business which is frankly working well.
But I cannot deny a certain full stop in my life, or at least a semi-colon with regards to my ambitions.
Material gain and earthly comfort are all very well, but I had hoped to mark my earthly passage by more than a full wine cellar and a smart Volvo estate.
So here’s the pitch:
Route 66, Steinbeck’s Mother road, West to East (the wrong way) from Santa Monica to Chicago, by handbike. The goal to raise money for three charities:
Handicap International (not every paraplegic has the advantage of first world health care)
Médecins sans Frontières (frankly, Ebola sucks)
I underline this is a serious proposition because, one, I am serious about it, and two it’s something that needs to be taken and planned very seriously.
Route 66 is some 4000 km, at least a couple of mountain ranges and the Mojave desert to mention just a part of the challenge.
The plan is April to June 2016. So I have a year to work up to this physically and logistically.
For now it’s working out logistics and basic costs. I am going to need support, both material and personal. Once I can get all that sorted out on paper I’ll be trying to drum up some corporate funds…
So watch this space.