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Prudhoe Bay?

April 5, 2010

So I was looking at an Alaska map, and could not help but notice the road to Prudhoe Bay starts in Fairbanks.  The distance between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay is 584 miles (941 from Anchorage).  I can do 941 miles, at least in the lower 48.  The problem with Prudhoe is there is precious little between FB and PB.  I mean just about nothing.  Still, all I need is food and water.  I should be able to bring enough food.  And finding water; there should be plenty, right?

So here’s my offer to my 11 Facebook Fans and 3 (1 of the 4 is a duplicate) Followers:  Find someone who will pledge $50,000 to Parkinson’s, and I’ll ride from Anchorage to Prudhoe.  Here are the rules:

1. The money must be in an escrow account by 6-1-10.  ( I need to start this by mid June; being above the Arctic circle in September is a no-no.)  The money will go to (50/50) Davis Phinney Foundation and the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.  The $50,000 is in addition to that raised by other sources.

2. Once I make it 100 miles past Fairbanks, and continue to make an attempt, the money is due, no matter what.  However, at 250 miles past Fairbanks, the money is absolutely due, even if I quit.  Note: This rule may need some tweaking.

3. If I am incapacitated (Ahem!) at any point on the trip the money is due.  Killed or a broken leg, it’s all the same.  A mile out of Anchorage, or 10 miles from Prudhoe, it doesn’t matter you owe the money.

4. I have to be notified of your intention to sponsor the FB to PB ride by May 15, 2010.  I need the time for planning.

That’s it, four simple rules.  Readers, please forward this to anyone you think might be in the position to help.

P.S.  No, I haven’t run this past my wife!

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