On The Road Again
Ever since he was a young man, motorcycles were a big part of Barry May's life.
"I grew up on motorcycles, I got my first bike when i was 12 years old," said May.
But that passion for riding was cut short when may suffered a horrific snowmobile accident 20 years ago.
"I fractured my back in a couple places, and I broke seven ribs, and collapsed a lung," said May.
May says he lost most of the feeling in his lower body, and was forced to remain in a wheelchair ever since.
Over the years, may's family continued on with motorcycling as a hobby, while he sat on the sidelines.
"I was always kind of a bummer that barry couldn't go, because it was so fun, and I felt bad about it," said May's older brother, Jim May.
That was until Barry heard about a trike called the Can-Am.
After almost a year of debating, he finally purchased the $18,000 bike.
However, there was a problem -- the brake could only be controlled by foot.
With most of his savings poured into the bike, Barry and his family decided to reach out for help.
Thanks to help from family, friends, and members from the community, he was able to modify his bike, so it didn't require his feet to control it -- everything is controlled from the handlebars
"We had some friends that have a custom bike shop, and they volunteered to set up the brake for me so the handbrake operates the rear brake," said Barry May.
People also raised thousands of dollars, enough to help may tour as far up as Northern Canada, to as far East as Montana, for biking events.
"He's just inspirational, because he's been able to do all the stuff he used to do -- can't do it all, but a lot of it he can," said Jim May, "He doesn't take "no" for an answer, he'll keep at it until he figures it out."
For Barry May, it's a blessing to have that part of his life back again.
"If I want to do something, I don't have to ask somebody for help, I can meet people places and just go do something."