In a couple of weeks Jon Maiden will be hitchhiking from Yorkshire to the Arctic Circle. He is undertaking this challenging charity event to raise money for AICR, as well as race me to the Arctic!
Not much of a cyclist, Jon has spent the last few months thinking of ways in which he can raise money and awareness for The Association for International Cancer Research (AICR). His 2000 mile hitchhiking journey will take him through eight countries, and as much as I want to win our race I am hoping he does not encounter any dangerous characters along the way!
Jon has determined the logistics of our race, and I will no doubt be in hot persuit as I make my way north on the bike:
“We’ll each have 7 days. I’ll need to cover around 300 miles a day thanks only to the goodwill of strangers. Chris will start the race in Dombas south of Trondheim, and will have 400 miles to cover. His 60 miles per day will be extremely difficult given the rough, mountainous terrain and the weight he is carrying on his bike. Just like Chris, I’ll be carrying all I need and camping by the road each night.
As well as raising money for cancer research, and catching up with Chris, I’m hoping my trip will demonstrate that hitchhiking is an excellent way to travel the world. It’s free and environmentally friendly, but more so it’s about gaining a genuine insight into a country, embracing the unknown and maintaining a sense of adventure. This certainly promises to be a journey I’ll never forget.
Chris, having now cycled over 4000 kilometres, has already raised £6500 for cancer research. With your help, I’d like to get him over the £7500 mark, three quarters of the way to his target of £10,000. I hope you will appreciate that to hitchhike this far in just seven days is an incredibly challenging feat – especially as I’ve never hitchhiked before. But if you don’t think this is challenging enough, then please consider donating to recognise Chris’ epic 30,000 kilometre ride to Australia.
So please, have a couple less drinks in the pub this week and donate a tenner to the AICR through Chris’ JustGiving page”
To view his proposed route click here.
Good luck, Jon! Be safe.