I'm a big fan of The Amazing Race, which Phil Keoghan hosts. I'm jealous of his job. So when I found this by accident, I was intrigued. "Phil Keoghan did a movie?" I had to check it out. And I'm glad I did.
The opening shot had me hooked. After that, I don't think I blinked again until the movie was over. Phil wanted to celebrate his 40th birthday in a big, yet unusual way. So he combined it with his passion for helping others and did a coast-to-coast bike ride across America to raise money and awareness for the MS Society.
No matter the weather, no matter the hardships, he had just about a month to complete the journey. It started out with a big splash and hundreds of riders, but quickly thinned out to 5 or 6, then 2 or 3, then just Phil by himself on a 10-speed touring bike. Across deserts, through sandstorms, in rain, snow, and over mountains, he pedaled his heart out and you see a side to Phil that you don't see on The Amazing Race.
The film shows how much gut, grit, humor, and determination Phil hides behind his infamous raised eyebrow. On the journey he hits highs and lows, going through exhaustion, depression, and elation, and manages to keep pushing on in spite of any pain or discomfort. And not only does he make a grueling ride daily, he stops in small towns and visits with people suffering with MS who have collected money and are making donations to the MS Society.
The Ride is one of the most inspiring true-life films I have ever seen. It is about compassion, determination, family, and friendship. I highly recommend this film. It is well worth your time.