I'll Push You: Disabled Man Tackles Amazing 500-Mile Trek with Best Friend

Their beautiful friendship will warm your heart

ByLA Blake WABC logo
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

It's one of the most famous trails in the world, and Justin Skeesuck dreamed of experiencing it: the Camino de Santiago. Its signature trek, the French Way, spans 500 miles across the northern part of Spain, from France to the Atlantic Ocean.

Being in a wheelchair hardly dampened this desire. So he asked his best friend of 38 years, Patrick Gray, to help make it possible.

His response? "I'll push you."

Justin, a blogger who writes about accessibility while traveling, and Patrick, a registered nurse, are on their incredible journey right now. So far they've overcome a broken wheelchair part, hotels that aren't disability friendly, and incredibly difficult terrain. It's about the journey, though, and both friends have kept a positive attitude. They write about how grateful they are to be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery, rich culture and hospitable new friends.

The pair has just under two weeks left before they complete the trek. Keep up on their Facebook page or any story labeled "I'll Push You" on the Camino Ways blog.