Here's the story of why I'm riding across america

Hello, I’m Dave Nowlan. I cycled from Encinitas, Calif., to Cape Cod, Mass. from April 22 through May 28, 2012 in an effort to raise awareness of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and to help fund research for a cure. My wife, Claire, and daughter, Julia, both have MS. I broke my back in a sledding accident almost three years ago; I’m the luckiest guy in the world to have recovered without being paralyzed and was able to ride this long cross continent adventure. Click on this link to “my story” for more information and why I continue riding. Here is a link to Information about MS
































































Friday, April 20, 2012

On my training ride yesterday, I met this gentleman who was riding a very unique bike.   Turns out he had an accident with a Toyota that left him with some broken vertebra in his neck and as a result he had this bike customized to allow him to ride upright.  The seat is suspended off the frame in a carbon fiber extension that has some give to it, so he was sort of happily bounding down the road when I caught up to him. It brought a smile to my face, so we rode together for a couple of miles, discuss this whole thing and compared notes on broken backs, etc.  This is one of the most unusual bikes I've seen over the years. It was custom made here in Sothern California.  I wonder what other types of bikes I'll come across on this trip?

 T minus 32 hours to blast off!



Here's a shot of Claire's support vehicle with the sign stuck on the back window. Nice.

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