Pair of visually impaired bikers ride across the country
NORTH DAKOTA—A mission to bike across the county is a difficult feat for most, but now imagine doing it blind.
With a little oil, over a gallon of water, and determination Michael Robertson and his friend Hans Breaux are setting out from Fargo.
"We're heading about 40-50 miles beyond Fergus Falls," said Robertson.
With plans of about biking more than 100 miles today.
Hans: "Eat, sleep and ride bike," Breaux said.
That's only one day's work for the pair.
"So far, we've done over 1000 miles and it's been really hot, but we're used to it now. That's our job is to ride our bikes 8-12 hours a day," said Breaux.
The duo began their ride from the Pacific Ocean in Washington on June 26.
Mile by mile, across the country. Their final destination is the Atlantic Ocean in Bar Harbor, Maine.
"It's already very difficult to begin with, much less doing it blind," Breaux told us.
Mike has a degenerative eye disease called cone rod dystrophy, which attacks the light receptors in the back of his eyes, rendering him legally blind.
"With shared vision quest, we are looking to connect people like Hans with people like me who have dreams together so we can fulfill them together," said Robertson.
They created Shared Vision Quest to connect people, and their ride proving blindness does not slow them down.
"We've brought tears to a lot of people's eyes with Mike's story of never thinking he'd be on a bike again to now riding across the continent," Breaux told us.
Despite their determination, it hasn't always been smooth sailing.
"It was really scary," Breaux told us.
Mike was nearly ran over in Washington, leaving him bruised & battered.
Two days later, he was in the hospital from heat exhaustion and dehydration.
IV bags later, he says he's good to go.
"Assuming many men would have quit long before that, or you know at those," Robertson said.
Blindness, bumps and bruises are minor in their mission.
"I really, really want to inspire people with visual impairments to just get up and choose to live a life beyond mere existence," Robertson said.
Two bikes, one working pair of eyes and a shared vision.
The pair say they like North Dakota so far, especially it's flatness.
For more information about Shared Vision Quest and how you can donate to their cause visit their GoFundMe HERE.