Take A Seat

Dominic Gill is an adventurer.  In 2006, he pedaled alone on a tandem bicycle from Alaska to the southern tip of South America.  Along the way, he invited people to join him for a bit of the journey.  The trip took Dominic two years to complete.  In the end, 270 people took him up on his offer and rode a part of the way with Dominic on his tandem. 

One of the people who rode with Dominic was Ernie Greenwald, a 70-year old Californian battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia.  Ernie’s dream was to cycle across the United States.  After reaching the bottom of South America, Dominic decided to help Ernie achieve his dream.  He designed and built a tandem bike which would allow Ernie to pedal in relative comfort while Dominic picked up his slack when necessary.

In the spring of 2010, the pair was ready to depart when Ernie learned his cancer had spread.  In order to battle his disease, he could no longer go on the ride.  With a bike and support crew ready to go, Dominic struggled with what to do next.  He decided to conduct the ride as a tribute to Ernie by seeking out physically disabled people who were willing to ride a portion of the trip. 

Riders with disabilities such as muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease volunteered to ride from one to 25 days with Dominic on his 124-day, 4,000 mile journey.  Universal Sports filmed the event and the result is a 10-part documentary titled, Take A Seat: Sharing A Ride Across America.  The story is amazing and the scenery is fantastic.  Oh yeah, there’s some cycling too!

Each episode is 22 minutes long.  You can see Episode One by clicking the picture below.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Dom and Ernie. Click here for Episode One


6 thoughts on “Take A Seat

  1. What an amazing, inspiring story! Thanks for sharing it!
    Having travelled through Death Valley in an air conditioned car, I can’t imagine what it must have been like cycling through it!
    I look forward to finding the rest of the series and will watch as much of it as I can.

    • Well, that shouldn’t be a problem for you. Just pull your TV out of your panniers, plug it into any electrical outlet near your campsite, connect it to your satellite dish, and you’ll be all set!

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