Twenty years after he lost both his arms when he was electrocuted while working on a transformer substation, a Florida man is biking 1,500 miles to New York.
“I just try to focus on being centered on the bike,” the man, Hector Picard, told NBC station WECT-TV during a stop Sunday in Wilmington, N.C.
“I do actually hold on with my stump with just my arm, and I tend to get a lot of stress in the right side,” Picard said. “But it’s not something I can’t do.”
Picard, who took up triathlons a few years ago, is scheduled to arrive in New York City on Sunday. He’s tracking his journey on his website, Don’t Stop Living, where he’s raising money for the I Will Foundation, which assists people with traumatic injuries.
Picard rides a customized bike with a special gear shift, a drink compartment, modified brakes and other devices that allow him to control it with what’s left of one arm.
“I’ve just met some wonderful people. It’s been a great experience, and they mention the fact that I motivate them. But they motivate me as well, so I keep going,” Picard said.
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