Here is a story incredible enough to inspire a book, a film, and a franchise of motivational audio CDs. A woman named Lisa Tylee is bicycling 9,000 mile route around the U.S. to raise funds to benefit street children in Venezuela. She is a co-founder of the organization Veniños, which is dedicated to protecting disadvantaged young people from poor urban areas of Venezuela.
Amazingly, Lisa will complete her journey with the use of just one leg. She was born without a left knee, and so she refers to her trip in Spanish as “Bici Sin Rodilla 2008.” She estimates that she will spend 171 days on her bicycle and average 50 miles per day.
To find out when Lisa will be rolling through your town, read her online diary. Here is a sample from a recent entry: “I can’t say the first week was the easiest of experiences with the wild variation in weather conditions, including a tornado watch, mice in motel room, lack of evening meals and long days. They all took their toll… Although there was no shortage of adventure and entertainment.”