Bike Route Toaster instructions: on the main page click "course creator" then "courses." Next click "choose file," select the .gpx file on your computer, and click "upload gpx"
You can open the .csv file in the folder to see a turn by turn list of my route.
If you would like to meet up with me during the ride, I encourage you to do so. If you need help, I can be reached via email, and I will do my best to guide you on to where I am. I look forward to seeing you!
Why Bike Across America? During my recovery at Walter Reed, I was determined to relearn how to ride an upright bicycle again. Despite many difficulties, thanks to the innovation of my prosthetist Zach, and the help of Brian Bartlett from Left Side Industries, and Ray Clark from Ride to Recovery, we managed to get me up and cycling in only six months. I was later able to participate in the Nation's Triathlon in Washington, DC in September of 2011. It was during this time of rediscovery that I came up with the far fetched idea of cycling across America in order to benefit some of the charities that had aided me during my recovery. The more I thought about it, the less reasons I could think of to not do it, so the fall of 2013 will consist of me making the trip.
In order to make this challenge as tough as I reasonably can, I will be starting in Maine, and cycling through the middle of the country, then angling down to Southern California after reaching Utah. My goal for this trip is to raise no less than 1 million dollars, and subsequently give the proceeds to charities that aid veterans with challenges similar to mine. These charities include the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, The Semper Fi Fund, and Ride 2 Recovery. In setting a goal to raise 1 million dollars, I hope to show what Americans can accomplish when we come together for a purpose.