James Barnett intended to travel by wheelchair from Canada to Mexico accompanied by his two sons on their bikes. Why? James had "a dream to take an adventure with his two sons". Being in a wheelchair did not matter. James is an adventurer and planned to have an adventure of a lifetime. James and his boys left Canada on 1 June in his wheelchair.
Unfortunately, James only got as far as Seattle before crashing and being hospitalized. James received serious injuries from his crash. After being rushed to the hospital doctors realized he also had severe pneumonia.
Ironically, prior to his trip, James and I had discussed him sharing some guest blog posts along his voyage on this Wheelchair Blog. It never happened. This was my last communication with James:
Date: Sunday, 1 May, 2011, 17:04
Sorry about the late reply, been so swarmed getting this trip planned and underway to launch June 1st. Would love to do a few posts leading up to the trip. Let us know what we need to do to get it going. I would love to do a post introducing people to me and my sons about my disease Muscular Dystrophy and why we are planning this trip. Then maybe a few days later do a post about where we are going for the trip and where it begins and ends and what really gave us the reason to push for this journey to happen. Then possibly along the journey on our down days when we are resting we could contact you about when a good time to do a post about how the journey is going so far and some pictures of the journey and such. Let me know what you think. Can't wait to hear from you.
James: I wish you a speedy recovery and I hope that this is just a setback. I hope that one day you and your boys get a chance to fullfill your dreams. I admire your courage to share this adventure with your boys and your determination not let your disability stand in your way.