From a very, very, old book-
“It was 180 miles to Damascus, and ordinarily it would take men on horseback about seven days to make it. But Saul was in a passion and he would have none of the ordinary pace; both men and horses drove themselves to the breaking point. High noon that day they were riding wildly when suddenly a light brighter than the sun fell upon them. Their horses screamed in fear, rose in the air, and Saul was dashed, blind, to the ground.”
My Road Recalculated story began on a motorcycle ride home to New Hampshire from Hagerstown, Maryland. I was splattered in the face with a June-bug of awakening, but unlike the story of St. Paul, I had no desire or chance for sainthood. (I also did not fall off my bike).
However, on that particular day in 2012, I found my calling; my purpose in life.
“I once was told a cure for MS was a million miles away,
so I figured 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. I made a decision that day that changed every aspect of my life. I decided to share and chronicle 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 disabling diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. I plan to share all of it, including my long distance rides, my record attempts, my triumphs and also my defeats.
My mission is called the Endless Road Tour and my goal is to raise awareness and funds for MS, while inspiring others along the way who also have been dealt tough challenges in life; helping them recalculate their life’s road. My blog Mile Posts will chronicle the ride, the road, the life, the journey of thousands and thousands of miles, at times pushing man and machine to the limits. I will share every ride, every road, every mile.
The main itinerary of the Endless Road Tour is to ride to various events, conferences, and support group meetings across the country, riding, writing, and reaching out. In my first two years, I rode over 80,000 miles, raised $65,000 for MS and spoke at over 100 MS events across the United States! My journey has been featured in dozens of publications, broadcasts and live online events. I have many more miles to go, and dollars to raise.
To raise awareness, I present inspirational presentations suitable for any audiences. I also present various seminars across the country at motorcycle rallies, shows and club gatherings. My highly modified bike and I are available for appearances at fundraisers, rallies, dealer open houses or bike shows. Opportunities for sponsoring and advertising on my website and bike are still available.
To inquire about booking one of my entertaining presentations, go HERE!
Since February 2013, in addition to my popular blog, I have been writing a regular column for ABILITY Magazine, as well as stories and updates from the road and product reviews in Iron Butt Magazine , Motorcyclist’s Post, and a few others. Look for my work in more magazines as my journey unfolds. My story has been featured in over a dozen publications as well.
If you want to read my latest posts, sign up for my blog updates. Invite your friends to do so as well. If you feel the urge to open your wallet, please donate to the Longhaulpaul tribute page located on the National MS Society’s Website.
If you ride, and really want to show your support, please join me in riding the MS5000, my annual nationwide motorcycle fundraising event. Ride as many mles as you can for 50 days between April 1st and May 20th for Multiple Sclerosis. Registration opens February 1st. Join the FUN!
In the first two years of the MS5000, participants raised $57,000 for the National MS Society!
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 while riding what would equate to a Ford Model T entering the Indy 500. 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 now will be more my body; my passion, my drive, my ability to adapt, improvise, and overcome no matter what; is now even stronger.
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.
ONE MILLION MILES
My Mission is to document riding one million MS miles…………….
There are so many places to go, so many things to see, how did I start?
September 29th, 2012 I set a world record by riding 1000 miles in under 24 hours, on 100 different motorcycles. The 100 SADDLESSore 1000 was my very first fundraiser for the National MS Society.
In May 2014, I rode a little 250cc scooter from Boston to Chicago in under 24 hours while wearing a powder blue tuxedo! The Dumb and Dumber inspired event raised $5600 for MS.
Ride for a Reason.
Thank you for your continued support.
Any day you can ride is a good day!
P.S. When I do hit the one million mile mark, I’m going to take a week off, wash the bike, then start planning my next mission:
To become the first person with MS to ride a motorcycle in space!