Monday, 22 September 2008

London to Cape Town - where to start?

Wow! I'm going to cycle from London to Cape Town - that sounds pretty darn impressive... or difficult, depending on how you look at it. Right now I can't even see the start line. Clearly it's a bloody long way (about 12,000 miles initial estimate, using string and a newly acquired map), going through somewhere between 25-30 countries. I also intend to raise £100,000 for tens orpahages with hundreds of children, I'll visit on the way. Lots of numbers! But the most scary number right now is one. One is the number of people involved. One is the number of long-distance bike tours I've done. One is the number of years it will take do. You'd be forgiven at this point for thinking I am also one slightly deluded dude. Delusions aside, I am really doing this. I recently told my bosses my plans and my intention to leave next year. That is pretty final. Fortunately they're a decent lot and have let me work four days a week to plan the trip. Today was my first free day. Why? To see the world, challenge myself to breaking-point, and hopefully make a tangible, positive difference to world, if only a small one. What's next? Get the website up and running: www.BetterLifeCycle.com - an essential way of connecting with people I meet and putting a presentable face on this idea (it'll be more presentable than my face that's for sure); make contacts for the orphanages I intend to visit; and finally get an action plan together to make it happen. This is my first blog - let me know what you think. I feel pretty pumped about it; this sure beats working! With a lot of help and a little luck, this should be the start of the greatest time of my life and hopefully make a big difference to lots of deserving kids too. If you think you can help in any way get in touch through the site - thanks for reading.