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’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 called the Endless Road Tour and my hope is that by sharing my unique story I will inspire others who are facing tough challenges in life, helping them recalculate their life’s road, while also raising awareness and funds for MS.
The main itinerary of the Endless Road Tour is traveling by motorcycle, speaking at various events, conferences, rallies, and support group meetings across the country. In the first three years, I rode over 115,000 miles, raised $75,000 for MS research and shared my story to thousands of people at over 150 events across the United States! My journey has been featured in dozens of publications, broadcasts and live online events as well.
To inquire about booking one of my inspiring presentations or entertaining seminars for your company, organization, fundraiser or event please go HERE!
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.
Since February 2013, in addition to my popular blog, I have been writing a regular column for ABILITY Magazine, as well as stories, updates from the road, and product reviews in Iron Butt Magazine , Motorcyclist’s Post, and a few others. Look for my work in ADV Moto, RideNH and more as my journey unfolds. My story has been featured in many newspapers, publications and podcasts as well.
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If you ride, and want to show your support, please join me in riding one of my annual motorcycle fundraising events.
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!