4.7: Ronnie Simpson -- sailing away
Jaymee Sire brings you the story of Ronnie Simpson, whose life has taken drastic changes since coming home from war.
After enduring the death of his father and a three week coma he suffered in Iraq. Ronnie Simpson made some serious slight changes included selling everything you owned quitting work quitting school. And buying a sailboat his goals to take back -- completely around the globe and now Jamie -- reports on his newest. The -- -- -- lift clean navigate his way around. You'd think Ronnie and then has been saline his whole life. You know what eighth he -- Ronnie had been a long voyage through life turbulent water. A journey that began to lean years ago in Atlanta Georgia. Lose. I was the kid that I got attention. And like. Always -- my dirt bike you know my Brothers is coming back -- the united mine is coming back like that handlebars. There are a lot of like saves in various it is. In my my dad way it is. He is he can put Antonio waterways. It was Ronnie data to encourage him to join the Marine Corps and decision that nearly killed him. What do you remember about the day that you were injured and even played enough to. That we're driving other red and we began take these arms fire and machine gun fire and also mortar fire the same time so we -- also been shot which. It really that's fine but. We get a lot of casualties that might mean again. Okay. As big fire fight and I'm like an -- I don't like everyone gets hit when molecular clock. -- -- The cars to cover his body count them painful story. Ronnie was the medical -- for eighteen date. He underwent two major operations and spend twelve weeks recovering. Inadvertent treatment center. But just -- his physical recovery began its emotional wounds were re open yeah when his dad suffered a fatal. Heart attack and. That was kind of like rock bottom. Yeah when -- passed -- as it is very very sudden. And it. It was not only surprised that -- it got cold at what point did you decide that yeah failing that something that you wanna. When my brother comment -- can bring -- back. Colony and just ask notorious otherworldly event and I I'd kind of like that we're allies about point in my life and I was just. You know -- my stuff in the -- I knew that I wasn't I wasn't happy. And that's something had to change. That first attempt is built around the world didn't exactly go according to plan. Quite the opposite in fact yeah for the second time in four years. Ronnie and then stared down in the face. As I got an opt out of 700 miles off the work. Fairways today. Tropical depression and it -- accomplished tropical storm -- this category here came into the category four hurricane Paula might. Point well. You don't want to win really big waves it got it -- that good knowledge I have that I had no other option but yeah but the conversation. That I got -- Get picked up my pre kid that was an out from the penalty now it is Shanghai China. Who knows Q have you kind of -- inning and -- home. Ronnie it was only the beginning of another event. I have like four grand event that I about a mountain bike. And I I'll be here glad that I can carry peddling last night and I think for the Munson. -- 9000 miles an ugly countries and I think he's been here admitted that England and -- this campus has got her back on the because yeah. Life really isn't isn't big adventure game if you let it -- putting it past that stage. But things have come and Stanton and good things will hopefully come back. Still he got back from calendar around the world on your bike got what exactly made you want it trying get another -- out. After losing first. In the middle with this pick I mean I spent my entire bike trip like. 9000 miles and hit a bike that I really wanna be back on. He's started Kathleen for the single handedly ended this thing Phil ocean not great turn imprint and go to Hawaii. Thanks to the generosity of the Vietnam vets frank he did so aboard a blow them appropriately named the Warriors win yeah. It was just the best out of my -- I'm 31 miles south I saw that. Little funky yeah grapevine that I didn't really talented operation. And you guys title as he crossed the finish line. -- More than I imagined. -- -- -- -- Ronnie now has this site that on the body blow it hit the fellow all around the world rate that only two Americans have ever finished. We'll take on thirds years of hard work. And a determination that it comes to the -- -- life's journey yeah. It's gonna be really really hot read that. I think it's entirely across the finish line -- on the -- you know after. If -- agency and actually didn't have got to play it it's the thing that I can't think about how nice it's the thing that that I want. Then more than anything it's. So much hardware and that hasn't happened yet -- night it would be everything good it would be invited her. In my life.