June 18, 2009
For 25 years, Doug Oakley wanted to ride his motorcycle across the United States, a nearly 9,000-mile ride that would touch all four corners of the country. Each year something came up, or the timing wasn’t right, putting the journey on hold for the Weymouth resident.
When he was diagnosed with ALS in November, Oakley realized it was no longer a goal he could put off. His left hand, which is easily fatigued, showed the first signs of the disease. The clutch on the bike is operated on the left side.