Jimmy and Lance


A few years ago I came across a movie entitled “The Long Way Round” in which a couple of buddies rode motorcycles around the world from London to New York City, but took “The Long Way Round”.   The movie was simple and raw and it captured adventurous spirits all over the world, and I was one of them.

I mentioned to a good buddy, and fellow SEAL, Lance Vaccaro, that we should do something similar. Not that we could take enough time off to go around the world, nor were we movie stars that could receive funding for such an adventure, but we could do something a bit more modest, and probably achieve the same ‘once in a lifetime’ adventure, that everyone craves (whether they admit it or not), and one that we would talk about for the rest of our lives.  Lance’s only concern was “when?”.   So we agreed to keep a watchful eye on our schedules and our mission was ‘to be continued…’

On March 6th, 2008 Lance was killed in a skydiving training accident. I was out of the country at the time and received word via a long distance phone call that I will remember for the rest of my life.  I returned home a couple of days later to make the arrangements to say farewell to my friend.  During a reception following Lance’s funeral I mentioned my regret for not making the time to pursue our wild adventure, and I mentioned that I would regret it for the rest of my life.  A friend of mine responded “let’s do it”,  and thanks to the support from family, friends, and the Navy SEAL Foundation, we embarked on the adventure of a lifetime.

Ride for Lance is our story.

– Jim G.

Scott L. and Lance