An adventure in the Southwest

Just two weeks ago we were making our way across the Southwest, demoing with riders across Arizona and New Mexico. Despite the heat, we managed to get in some fantastic trail rides! 

Our first stop was Phoenix, where we met the folks at SpoFit and got to see their beautiful facility firsthand. SpoFit is an amazing adaptive sports center that provides a range of services to promote the health and well-being of people with disabilities. Their fully-accessible fitness center even includes a pool and climbing wall! We demoed the Freedom Chair around their facility and organized a few trail rides at nearby Papago Park. 

Riding in Papago Park with Steve, one of our Kickstarter backers and first riders.

Riding in Papago Park with Steve, one of our Kickstarter backers and first riders.

Next up was the Desert Challenge Games, where we cheered on hundreds of adaptive athletes as they competed in track and field events. Boy, they are fast! On the evening of the first event a surprise rain storm came through, creating lots of mud— perfect for the Freedom Chair to roll through and cooler temperatures for all the competitors. 

We love rolling through mud!

We love rolling through mud!

We left Phoenix and headed north to the Grand Canyon where we took the Freedom Chair around the rim and soaked up the beautiful scenery. We managed to see the sunset over the rim, but missed sunrise the next morning because of a conference call with one of our manufacturers. Startup life!

Soaking up the view at the Grand Canyon.

Soaking up the view at the Grand Canyon.

From the Grand Canyon we went east, making our way to Fort Defiance Hospital on the Navajo Reservation. It was a beautiful drive, during which we had lots of time to talk. In between stops at scenic overlooks, we mapped out a revised website design. Stay tuned! At Fort Defiance we were hosted by Leslie, who works as an OT at the hospital there. The area is extremely rural, and she thought the Freedom Chair would work well for her patients, particularly those who live a long distance from the facilities in town. We had a great demo and really appreciated the opportunity to learn more about this part of our country and its history. We are looking forward to seeing folks in Freedom Chairs out there soon. 

AJ, cruising around the Hogan on the Navajo Reservation.

AJ, cruising around the Hogan on the Navajo Reservation.

As if that wasn’t enough for one trip already, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to squeeze in one more demo. So we continued east and made it to Albuquerque, where we met a great group of local riders for a trail ride along the river. It was the perfect end to the trip. 

Thanks to everybody who invited us, hosted us, and encouraged us on this trip! We really appreciated meeting all of you.  Here's to another adventure in the Freedom Chair!