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Motorcycling with a Mission

June 14, 2010

Chris Garlasco, Owner & Managing Partner - Founders Insurance Group

If you are a regular follower of this blog, you may have heard me mention from time to time that I enjoy motorcycles. I enjoy riding them as often and as far as possible. Prior to the 9/11 tragedy, I focused my passion for travel on visiting foreign countries across the globe. Beginning shortly after that terrible day, my wife Sora, who also shares a passion for motorcycles, and I set out to ride our bikes to as much of America and Canada as our free time would allow. In the past nine years I have been able to ride forty-six of our beautiful nation’s fifty states. We have also ridden the majority of eastern Canada.

Along the way I have had the opportunity to meet hundreds of fascinating people from all walks of life throughout this great country. I have documented many of these trips and meetings along the way both in print and on film.

Sadly, throughout most of the past decade, I have also been a chronic pain patient requiring monthly visits to the doctor. I have been very fortunate that my doctor, a chronic pain specialist, has been able to make life more tolerable and allow me to continue the pursuit of my passions. It is because of dedicated doctors like Dr. Annette Macannuco at the Pain Treatment Center at Hartford Hospital that I am able to still pursue the things I enjoy.

Chris Garlasco on the Burr Trail in Utah.

Later this month, I am going to embark on a journey that I hope will raise awareness about the day-to-day struggle that most chronic pain sufferers endure. Chronic pain is one of the most misunderstood afflictions in America today. As a matter of fact, many times even those in the medical community struggle with understanding this affliction.

Joining me in my attempt to reach the Arctic Circle by motorcycle, from here in Connecticut, will be Dave, a disabled Viet Nam vet and Brother James, another veteran, both experienced long distance riders. Although this is actually not the longest journey I have attempted, it will be the most difficult. A successful trip will increase my total number of states ridden from forty six to forty eight as well as seven of Canada’s ten provinces and one of its three territories.

Throughout the time that I will be gone, I will be taking a break from my normal insurance rants and instead share with you some of my favorite short stories and experiences from past journeys. I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed experiencing them.

It is also my hope that you will take a moment to visit the American Chronic Pain Association web site to learn more about chronic pain and the thousands of Americans that suffer from chronic pain.

Have a great, pain-free day!

Chris Garlasco

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 14, 2010 4:07 pm

    Good luck on your journey. May you find dry roads and sunshine! I look forward to the reading your experiences.

    Tori Browning

  2. June 15, 2010 12:27 am

    Chris – as a fellow motorcycle rider, your story moves me and scares the heck out of me. One of the most difficult things you must have to deal with is knowing that without the wonderful treatment of that doctor, you may never be able to ride again. That would be devastating.

    I sometimes sit here and think about what would happen if I wasn’t able to ride anymore. It is terrifying. I am so happy to hear that you are getting the help you need to keep you on two wheels. Please be safe and take lots of pictures. I hope to read about this journey and feel like I am right there with you.

    I applaud your positive outlook on this. Keep doing what you love, no matter what. Keep the shiny side up and the rubber side down! Best of luck!!

    • Chris permalink
      June 15, 2010 10:47 am

      Thanks! That means a lot. The silver lining to this whole ordeal is an accute awarness that our one life is not a “trial run.” So lets squeeze all the juice out of the orange while we can!\


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