Kurb will break through the pain barrier when he embarks on the epic electric scooter journey for the Associated New Zealand ME Society.
The Ashburton resident suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome and will use the ride to raise awareness about the disease and fund ANZMES, a charity that provides information, support and practical advice to those affected.
Bobby’s electric scooter was purchased locally from Jeff Marshall Motorcycles a month ago and is a Zero 10X model.
He bought it to help his mobility and get around Ashburton.
The scooter is capable of 65 km / h and has a power of 2400 watts. He can go 0-60 in about six seconds.
Bobby said on his road trip that he would likely drive at an average speed of 25 km / h.
The battery life of the electric scooter was 60 km and he was hoping to get sponsorship for spare batteries.
“I will be fully padded and protected, but driving the electric scooter will take a lot of concentration, so the days will be short.
“It will be an endurance test and I expect pain in my legs and hips,” he said.
Bobby does Pilates weekly with local tutor Wendy Galbraith to help him with his core strength.
He is an active former mountain biker and said his chronic fatigue was triggered by the Christchurch earthquakes and later diagnosed by medics.
There were a lot of misconceptions surrounding chronic fatigue / ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis), but it was essentially a debilitating and complex disorder characterized by profound fatigue and symptoms that affected multiple bodily systems and included weakness. , muscle pain, memory impairment and / or mental concentration. , and insomnia, he said.
While the exact details of his electric scooter adventure are yet to be worked out, Bobby envisions a route of around 500km that will take him from Ashburton to Dunedin via Geraldine and Tekapo.
His wife Lou will be his support team.
The trip is expected to last six days and it will not roll on rainy days.
Bobby is keen to publicize his trip and invites people to follow for updates and contact him through his Mlpevs Facebook page.
He will work with his charity to create a Givealittle page to manage his fundraising efforts in the coming weeks. A talented artist, he also hopes to raise funds through the sale of his art through a local gallery.
-By Mick Jensen