Pan-American bicycle journey back on after accident delayed plans

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Will Adams started preparations for a journey from Alaska to the southernmost tip of Argentina in November 2010.

Will Adams stands with his motorized bike.  Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Will Adams stands with his motorized bike.

Training was well under way when he collided with a car that pulled out in front of him on Jackson Road in February. He suffered a major knee injury that required two surgeries.

Any chance of leaving this past May was immediately destroyed.

“It was disappointing. I would have been ready to go,” Adams said.

The pan-American trip by him and his riding partner, Matt Riley, is back on, with a target date to leave now next May.

Adams and Riley, (a third rider, Alex Taylor dropped out) have found a positive in the delay. In the intervening 10 months, they’ve found more sponsors to cover expenses and have several production companies interested in the film rights to their journey.

The intention of the trip is to raise awareness about a lack of clean drinking water in developing countries. The pair will ride motorized bicycles, built on custom-fitted frames. Adams is in therapy several times a week for his knee and has been training on a stationary bike. It’s enough to prepare him for real cycling, but he misses the feel of the open road.

Adams expects to start riding on the road by late December. Meanwhile, Riley is testing out the equipment, including a recent long distance trip to Athens.

The pair plan to make a cross country trip in the spring, once Adams is fit, as a rehearsal for the longer journey.

The adventure of the trip is often buried under the daily details and the preparations left to complete. But Riley said he stays motivated thinking about the rewards and the risks.

“You have to do something amazing with your life,” Riley said.

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Today, we profile Will Adams, whose planned journey from Alaska to the southernmost tip of Argentina on a motorized bicycle in May was postponed after he was hit by a car.

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bikerboy
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bikerboy 11/20/11 - 07:00 pm
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Motorized bikes? Please.

Motorized bikes? Please.

Paddlin
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Paddlin 11/23/11 - 11:55 am
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Is there something wrong with

Is there something wrong with motorized bikes bikerboy? I think they're a great idea and I've seen at least a few of them around town. This guy is doing great things by raising awareness about the world's water crisis and educating people on alternative modes of transportation. More people should be riding motorized bikes!

tres257
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tres257 11/25/11 - 09:55 pm
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Sounds like a great adventure

Sounds like a great adventure for a great cause. Happy and safe travel to you and your crew!

dinah259
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dinah259 11/27/11 - 01:29 pm
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This is a wonderful and

This is a wonderful and inventive idea to bring awareness to those without clean drinkable water in areas around the world. Best of luck to Will and Matt! I can't wait to see/read how all this develops!

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reggie83 11/27/11 - 02:42 pm
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Motorized bikes! What a

Motorized bikes! What a unique way to experience the world! Flying, driving, motorcycling all take us by the world's little wonders too fast, most of the time, to really be able to stop and enjoy them. If I wasn't a scardy-cat I'd probably contact these two to tag along on the adventure. Doing something good for people and getting outdoors... Who wouldn't want to be a part of that? Do they have a website? I'd like to know if there is volunteer opportunities/donation lists of things they might need before they leave or along the way. Good luck to Will & Matt. Happy & safe travels.

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