Motorcycle Lyme Disease Challenge

Organized by: Charlie Horse

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THE STORY:

Goal: To heighten awareness for this terrible and often misdiagnosed disease. As a victim of Lyme disease, I will ride all over the country to help give hope to other sufferers to fight on and never give up. My motorcycle will be my constant companion as we encourage sufferers and inspire other women to ride. Purpose: To challenge sufferers to insist on better treatment and a more serious attitude among health care providers to recognize Lyme disease and not pretend it doesn’t exist, like the Center for Disease Control is doing now. Also, to help raise money for research and treatment that targets not only the disease itself, but the plethora of co infections that develop severe and chronic symptoms. Background: I developed Lyme Disease probably around 2009 while I was working at Apple, Inc. I wasn’t properly diagnosed until the summer 2012. By then antibiotics were useless and the co-infections were developing at an alarming rate. Doctors that specialize in Lyme disease are far and few between. Finding a doctor even conversant about Lyme disease is difficult. I felt abandoned, weak and hopeless. I was on a walker, could barely get out of bed, was losing weight rapidly and going bald. My strength was fading and my body was literally wasting away. I did some research and embarked on my own program to attempt to combat some of the co-infections and regain my strength. Amazing what a person can do when left to their own wits. I am by no means cured, but the relapses are fewer and my strength has improved. By no means am I back to my normal self as before, but I have determination to keep going. When you regain what you thought you had lost forever, you appreciate many things you would normally take for granted. It was time to fight back. I knew that if I could ride a motorcycle again, I would reach a milestone in my path to recovery. So I took the Harley-Davidson training course in late October. It was cold, rainy and those four days seemed like months, but I not only passed, I was the only woman who continued to ride after completing the class. In the summer of 2015, I purchased a 2015 Sportster 48 and put 6,000 miles on it in just three months. I rode from Michigan to South Carolina, Sturgis, Florida, Ohio and a few other states. I love that bike and was starting to feel normal again, fighting the elements, fatigue and the naysayers telling me I couldn’t do it for many reasons. But I did do it. Next Step: I am building a new bike with the help of some very good friends, like Bill Dodge, Sugar Bear and the guys at Self Made Customs. My idea is to build a chopper that has a long front end, kick starter, hand shifter with a foot clutch and of course, a rigid frame. Sugar Bears 18” over springer will be guiding me as I cross the United States. A S&S Cycle 93ci Shovelhead Engine will proved the power to the rear tire via a Baker 6-into-4 with an N1 drum shifting pattern. Each process of the build and my trip will be chronicles in The Horse Backstreet Choppers Magazine, of which I am the Executive Director. For every product I plan on visiting their location/ factory if possible hopefully during the build to get some up close and personal photos for the article features. Cameras will be mounted to get some great video of the ride for our mobile application. Ride: Once the bike is completely, after taking it around a few corners, I will start my long journey with my inspirational bike. The plan is to leave Macomb, Michigan ride over to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to visit the Harley-Davidson Museum. From there taking a short trip over to Viola, Wisconsin to visit S&S Cycles and show off the bike in person. While in Wisconsin, I will spend a few hours hanging out with some of the guys from our favorite printing company, Quad. Taking 90west to 35south going through Minnesota, Iowa, then in Kansas City, Missouri picking up 40west. Heading west with a destination of California, I’ll cruise through Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and resting for a few days in Las Vegas to hang out with Richard “Seen” Mirando. Once in California I’m hoping to ride down the coastline stopping to visit with the one and only Sugar Bear at his shop. The trip back to the east coast will include stopping to hang out with Jesse James in Texas, riding through Louisiana, Alabama, arriving in Jacksonville, Florida. Here I plan on meeting up with Bill Dodge and Self Made Customs to continue my ride up through Georgia making South Carolina my final destination. Here I will be joining the rest of The Horse Staff to prepare for our main event of the year, the Smoke Out 17. This journey of about 7,000 miles, will give me challenges that I want to take head on. This is why I want the best of the products available for my bike build. Conclusion: My budget is very limited so many parts are being fabricated. I am asking for your support in my journey to combat Lyme's Disease. Any donations or support will be welcomed. The proceeds will go to medical expenses and travel expenses to spread awareness for Lyme's Disease. Hopefully I can meet you along my journey and thank you personally. For all donations, you will receive a one-of-a-kind custom wristband showing your support. If you would like to be a part of my journey to combat Lyme disease then we can make a difference in many peoples lives, not only sufferers, but others who may be inspired to ride and have a custom bike built, using my bike as a template for parts and accessories. Even though I will be on a mission, I will take the time to try yo enjoy life on the good days. Hopefully you are one of those people. Please send an eCard (for free) with your information so you can receive your free custom wristband. Thanks for your consideration and support, Chanel

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