“I once was told a cure for MS was a million miles away,
so I thought I would just go get it and bring it back.”
– Longhaulpaul 2012
A man with MS… A motorcycle… A million miles…
My name is Paul Pelland and my life’s road has been recalculated. In 2012, I decided to share and chronicle my life’s journey; the incredible challenges I have faced and how I overcame them, my life-long passion of long distance motorcycle riding, and for the first time, openly discussing and dealing with the everyday challenges brought on by having the often disabling diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis.
My mission is to document riding a million miles with MS, for MS. My hope is that by sharing my unique story I will inspire others who are facing tough challenges navigate through life’s road, while also raising awareness and funds as I continue Chasing The Cure.
My journey involves traveling by motorcycle, speaking at various events, conferences, rallies, and support group meetings across the country. In the first four years I have been able to ride 220,000 miles, raise $106,000 for MS, set a couple world records and share my story at over 200 events across the United States!
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My blog Mile Posts chronicles the ride, the road, the life, the journey of thousands and thousands of miles, at times pushing man and machine to the limits. My post, classic stories and world record rides are archived here. Don’t miss out, subscribe for blog updates today.
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Since February 2013, I have been writing a column for ABILITY Magazine and my road tales and product reviews have been published in Iron Butt Magazine , Motorcyclist’s Post, ADV Moto and many others. My million mile journey has been featured on television, in newspapers, magazines and podcasts as well. My first Yamaha Super Tenere CURECHASER was retired after 172,000 miles and now is on display at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham Alabama. Barber is the world’s largest motorcycle museum.
If you ride, please join me in riding one of my annual motorcycle fundraising events.
Please check out my line of MotoMedicine swag. Each item helps keep me rolling down the road.
Those who are skeptical of what I may be able to accomplish should read my story of the amazing 11 day 11,000 mile Iron Butt Rally and my unstoppable desire to cross the finish line of The World’s Toughest Motorcycle Competition while riding what many considered to be the world’s most unreliable motorcycle. Not a single soul on earth thought I would make it, not even the bike’s manufacturer. Although the main antagonist then was clearly the machine, and today is my health; my passion, my drive, my ability to adapt, improvise, and overcome no matter what; is now even stronger. I am on the journey of my life and I will not stop until there is a cure.
There are MILLIONS of miles of roads on this earth, each and every one of them intersected with crossroads representing different paths, and therefore not all of us are supposed to take the fastest route. Slow down, recalculate, detour, wander or shift, because a round-about can still get you to your goal, and believe me, sometimes that ride, that journey, that side trip adventure, will become much more important than your destination.