So Close…But Yet So Far!

I have had several days to think about what I want to write here. Today, I still don’t have much creativity, wit or even enlightenment to lay upon you.

So here goes…

I have finished my ride across the country. I was unable to complete the ride with only 600 miles remaining between Jackson, MS and Jacksonville, FL. Why you might ask? Well, it appears over the last 5-weeks, I have compressed the nerves in my left hand enough to cause temporary, and possibly long term damage. Damage meaning that I currently have limited mobility in several of my fingers and absolutely zero strength. I have been “toughing” it out over the last week, but after a few discussions with friends,  the risk would NOT be worth the reward of finishing the ride.

If you would like more info on what exactly is happening, look up Stage 3 Handlebar Palsy on the internet. It’s me to a tee!

Other than that, all is well, and this cat just wants to get back home. Something that is easier said than done on the busy Thanksgiving travel holiday!  The end result is that I will be back in Seattle on December 2nd and looking forward to the next chapter and the closing month of 2010.

Once I get back (and easier to type), I’ll write more and at a minimum, bring some closure to that last 6 months of adventure. I hope to have the motivation to share with you some of the many (funny) stories of finishing my walk, the month before the ride, and of course the ride itself.

For those of you who may be sad, have pitty or bummed. DON’T BE! I am completely comfortable with my decision and proud of my accomplishment!



8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Delayna on November 29, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I’m so proud of you too, Jackmo! Thank you soo much for accomplishing such a long, hard, and rewarding journey. You will always be a hero for our kids at Seattle Childrens!

    I hope your hand heals back to normal!

    Much respect and peace,

    Delayna Skadorwa


  2. Posted by Terena Miller on November 29, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Hey Jack ~ I was sad to hear you ending your journey. Sad for me as I have so enjoyed your posts along the way!!! I have so much admiration for what you have done and would LOVE to do something like this myself someday! I know being a woman – a solo journey is out of the question – but it’s still a dream anyhow!!!! THANK YOU for sharing your wonderful journey with all of us on facebook! I hope your heal up quickly and your next chapter is a great one!!

    Terena Miller


  3. Posted by pat raugust on November 29, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    You are my hero…So glad that you are taking care of you..Call me when you are back and say “hi” to your sweet little kitty…She has missed you..and I’m sure is looking forward to snuggling up with you…your momma will be so happy to see you…talk to you soon…Pat


  4. Posted by Kimbo on November 30, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    I’m proud of you, too!!!! Great work!


  5. Posted by Huw Thomas on November 30, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Hey Jack! We were wondering what had happened to you. We were the British couple on the tandem that you rode with coming out of Dallas. We enjoyed your company and were disappointed not to meet you again on the road. Sorry to hear about your wrist but still amazed and impressed by your trip. Well done!
    Regards, Huw & Carolyn Thomas


  6. Posted by Jason Lucas on December 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I feel extremely priveledged to know Jack Morris. I take great pride in simply being able to say I know such an individual that has achieved such an incredible accomplishment. He is the type of man that I truly welcome in my network of friends and I’m excited about hearing the details of his adventures….such an inspiration to all….way to go Jack simply AMAZING!!!



  7. Posted by William Essertier on January 13, 2011 at 5:45 pm


    I will be walking from San Diego, CA to Clinton, Iowa (1911 miles) not until March of 2012 for the purposes of promoting education. I have attempted to do some initial research on the hazards and safety of walking on our roads/ What advice would you give me? Did you have any close calls with cars almost hitting you?

    Please feel free to email me.

    Thank you and good luck. Did you ever find employment?

    Bill Essertier


  8. Posted by Sara on January 23, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Hi jack.
    I met u while watching the seahwks lose to Chicago .
    So I read your blog and all.
    Wow. Walking across america for childrens hospital.
    Congratulations! As a child, I was a patient in seattle
    Childrens hospital .
    So as a former patient.
    Thank you very much.


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