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I'll Push You: A 500 Mile Journey between Two Best Friends

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Who Are Justin & Patrick?

Born a little over 24 hours apart, Justin & Patrick are life-long friends with a rich, deep relationship that spans beyond our 38 years. We travel together, we live life together through ups and downs, and most importantly, will do anything for each other.

Justin Skeesuck - The Disabled Traveler
 Patrick Gray - The Best Friend

Justin Skeesuck
The Disabled Traveler

Patrick Gray
The Best Friend & Pusher

Justin Skeesuck is The Disabled Traveler. He inspires and instructs People with Disabilities how to successfully navigate and overcome the many challenges they are faced in their lives and when traveling.

With over 20+ years of accessible travel experience, Justin is a motivational speaker, accessible travel consultant, and trainer providing insight on what it’s like to travel with a disability but more importantly, how to truly live life regardless of your disability.

To learn more about Justin, please visit: the-disabled-traveler.com

Patrick Gray is a Program Manager for St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho. Simply put, he is Justin’s best friend. He will act as “the pusher” on the 500 mile Camino trek, pushing Justin in his wheelchair from start to finish, up mountains and through valleys. Whatever it takes to complete the journey, Patrick is ready and willing.

Besides being the muscle, Patrick will also care for Justin. Being a registered nurse, he has the skill sets needed in order to help provide daily care and support for Justin.

Patrick finds pure joy in helping others and believes others should find the joy too!

The Journey

500 Miles, 6 Weeks and One Wheelchair (June 1 – July 12, 2014)

The Way of St. James - Map

The Way of St. James or “Camino” is a 500 mile journey across northern Spain. It began as a Roman trade route until it became a Christian pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, the supposed burial grounds of the apostle James. Today, thousands of people from all over the world gather on the Camino for many reasons. It is an opportunity to challenge yourself physically, mentally, spiritually, and contemplate life while traveling with strangers from every culture on this planet.

Justin & Patrick will start from St. Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees to Roncesvalles (15 miles) on the Spanish side and then another 485 miles on to Santiago de Compostela through the major cities of Pamplona, Logroño, Burgos and Léon.

Typically, the French Way or “Camino Francés” usually takes 4 weeks, allowing for one or two rest days on the way. However, because we are traveling by wheelchair, we are planning for approximately 5-6 weeks to complete the journey. We will be leaving late May 2014 and returning early July 2014.

So, Why Are We Doing This?

Creating opportunities for personal transformation

 Camino pathway through countryside

We want to actively promote physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and wellness. Through this, we will celebrate the human spirit and the value of friendship by creating opportunities for personal transformation.

Justin & Patrick believe there is more to this life than just sitting around complaining about the challenges we all face. This journey will help others realize that life really is too short and YOU too can achieve your dreams if you only try!

What is Our Desired Outcome?

Capturing our journey through a documentary

In partnership with Emota, goal is to create a documentary covering our 500 mile wheelchair journey on The Way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. A documentary crew will follow along our every joy, struggle, challenge, landscapes and the people we meet along the way.

Currently, we are in the process of raising funds to help make this project a reality. This is where you come in. We need your help and encouragement as you follow along our journey… So, please donate today!

How You Can Help!

With YOUR help, together WE make this project happen!