Michigan man attempts longest, no-hand motorcycle ride to help raise money for charity
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) —
A Michigan man is looking to sketch his name into the record books without using his hands.
Today Phil Comar is attempting to drive 680 miles on his motorcycle without using his hands. If he does it, he’ll break his own record.
"I have different escort clubs that come in periodically throughout the entire ride,” said Comar. "Last year I did 588 of it. We lost the first 80 miles of it because we'd gotten that far and we hit a wall of water.”
The trip starts at the Michigan border near Toledo. Comar heads north to Ann Arbor, west on I-94 to the west coast of the state, north to Grand Rapids, back east to Lansing, before circling around and heading north to Mackinac.
"Sometimes I get mouths open and they can't believe what they're seeing,” said Comar. "You can see them slow down, and pretty soon they're riding beside me. Videotaping it on their phone or their camera, whatever they got with him.”
While Comar enjoys the record, he said he does the ride to honor his late father and raise money for research into Parkinson’s Disease, which took his dad’s life in 2008.
"My father and I used to talk about long distance, no hand riding, before he passed,” said Comar. "Over the years we've raised over $26,000."
"I watched him over the years diminish in his capacity, and the one thing I remember is that he just wouldn't give up. You are helpless at that time. I couldn't change any of that, but I hope I can change someone else's situation.”
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