Sean Conway is cycling the earth. His journey began in February in an effort to break the world record for cycling solo and unsupported around the world.
After arriving in the United States, part of his route took him through Arkansas. Nearly two weeks
ago he was hit by a pickup truck in Bald Knob and has been on the mend since then.
Conway described what happened on his blog (click here):
"Somehow he hit me slap bang in the middle of his car. I was spun onto his bonnet and then was thrown off into the dirt. My worst nightmare came true and I now battle a fracture to my spine, torn muscles in my right leg, chipped tooth and concussion. It's no cliche but my helmet saved my life.
My bike is also a complete write off. That's 4000 worth of kit sitting all mangled and disfigured. This is not how things turned out in my story."
Conway kicked off his journey in Greenwich, London and made his way through France, Morocco, and South America before coming to the United States. He's still got to go to New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Bangkog, India and Istanbul. If his timing is right, he'll make it back to London just in time for the 2012 Olympics.
He says he chose this challenge, partly as it will most definitely be the most physically and
mentally demanding experience he has ever had, and partly because he wanted to do something that would allow him to raise as much money for charity as possible.
Helping people less fortunate than himself (which is 99% of the world) has always been one of his
main motivations. He says if he spends the rest of his life doing challenges in aid of charity then
he will die a happy man.
The effort amounts to:
- 18,000 Miles
- 2 Wheels
- 150 Days
- Raising $160K for charity
Click here for his Facebook page.