Joey Bashaw: Hand-Cyclist. Adventurer.

Joey Bashaw is one bad ass rider. As a fellow New Yorker (now living in Charlotte), I really appreciated Joey's no nonsense, let's get it done attitude which he seems to apply to every aspect of his life, both on the road and off. As a hand cyclist, he is a an absolute powerhouse. Whenever he was on the road, we knew the pace would be set high and miles would be covered with speed and precision. We shared stories of different adventure activities we enjoyed participated in, ranging from scuba diving to kayaking, and the idea of being "disabled" seemed to be the furthest obstacle in his mind. He jumped in on day one of the ride to help plan out the route and maintained a sense of calm through some of the toughest stretches of road and grueling physical endurance. 

One of the most touching moments of the trip for me was when we finally made it back to Joey's home town in Charlotte, North Carolina and he was greeted by his overjoyed girlfriend Brittney Ebert. The two of them together made it clear why Joey was cycling so hard, as he put it, "to get home to her." My favorite quote from Brittney after a big hug to Joey was when she told me"I made him some slimy, sloppy eggs at home. Already made 'em for him." Now that's love!  

It's hero's like Joey Bashaw that truly inspire me and drive home the idea that yes, anything can be accomplished with desire, determination, and drive. 

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