Todd and I met Paul Pelland last Memorial Day weekend at the Mason-Dixon 20/20 rally. I had no idea who he was before then, yet I had participated in his first MS5000 motorcycle challenge in April and May. The MS5000 challenges riders to ride 5000 miles in 50 days (April 1st through May 20th) while raising awareness and funds for the MS Society.
Through his website, Paul Pelland’s Endless Road Tour, I learned Paul was a regular participant in long distance rallies, and had completed a few Iron Butt Rallies; one of them on a Ural 750 that required a motor swap during the 10-day rally. Paul was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and chose to withdraw from the competitive side of rallies, but is still a huge presence in the long-distance riding community. He regularly speaks at motorcycle events on the challenges of living with Multiple Sclerosis, comparing it to riding the Iron Butt Rally on that 750 Ural.
To further raise awareness for the battle against MS, Paul has enlisted long-distance riders everywhere to take on his MS5000 challenge. Riders compete by raising funds and riding miles. Last year required a full 5000 miles ridden in 50 days to become a finisher, while this year’s event allows a combination of miles and funds to qualify.
Head over to Paul’s page and join the challenge. Or, help out the MotoTourers with a donation for the cause. Either way, you’ll be helping find a cure for MS as well as providing support for those suffering with MS. Also, take some time to read up on Paul Pelland’s adventures as he attempts to ride a million miles for MS.