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A Paraplegic Man Drove From Leh To Kanyakumari And Entered Limca Book Of Records

Published on 23 June, 2017 at 5:07 pm By

Disability couldn’t prevent 29-year-old Eric Paul from driving from Leh to Kanyakumari and enter the Limca Book of Records.

Paul completed his journey in in 159 hours and 59 minutes.


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Eric drives 3,914 km from Leh to Kanyakumari. Indian Express

Eric, who met with an accident in 2012, was paralysed from chest down and bed-ridden for two years. But he didn’t let fate decide his destiny. He followed his passion of travelling and covered 3,917 km in a customised hatchback with hand controls.

 

Setting the record in Limca Book of Records. Facebook

Eric says,“It feels really good but I think I have just crossed a milestone and there is a long way to go,”.

When asked by PTI about the challenges he faced on his journey he said,



“There were many challenges on my way like no toilets, restrooms, shelters or any public place which is wheelchair friendly. Neither people are aware about offering any help, instead they look with pity, which makes a special person uncomfortable. Other challenges were instant changing weather conditions, no mobile network, petrol pumps at long distances in hilly areas, poor condition of roads, landslides, language barrier while getting food and shelter was also a task,”.

He never considers himself disabled and is proud to drive at world’s highest motorable road in Leh. The never-dying spirit of Eric made him cover the ‘Golden Quadrilateral’ road (Chennai-Kolkata-Delhi-Mumbai) last winter which was another record for the Limca Book.

 

Spreading awareness on issues of disability. Facebook

He is an ardent follower of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan’, about which he spreads awareness and campaign for cleanliness during his expedition across the country.


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Sky is the limit for Eric as he is again preparing for another record-setting expedition and also working towards raising issues faced by disabled people.

 

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“I want to see a new India which is accessible for people like me or with any other disability. It is only possible when the whole society comes together and work in this area. I’ll try my best to contribute towards this,” he said.

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