Bob's Silk Road Challenge
From 3/3/18 I'll be cycling from Turkey to China alone via the Caucasus & the Stans raising money for ClicSargent & Against Malaria Foundation.
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10 years ago this month my life changed for ever when my 10yr old daughter was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. She sufferred awfully during chemotherapy spending 6 months of her first year on treatment in a hospital bed. Her steroid treatment caused a rare complication affecting her bones such that she was confined to a wheelchair for another two and a half years.
The support we received from our ClicSargent worker, Vicky, was invaluable and without her I sometimes wonder if we would have made it through as an family intact.
She was kind empathetic, realistic, pragmatic, approachable, dependable and effective in liasing with schools, disability rights organisations, occupational therapists, benefits agency and arranging respite holidays for our daughter and son.
My daughter made a full recovery and is thriving now at university.
Bob's Silk Road Cycle Challenge
As a boy I dreamt of the open road, of independant travel, and exploration in countries I new little about.
I began travelling by hitching around Turkey in the summer of 1985 and this started a lifelong passion for travel.
Having passed my half century and wondering when significant physical decline would start, I grabbed an opportunity to realise a long held ambition.
Over a period of 4 months I aim to cycle approximately 6000miles alone and unsupported from Istanbul to Urumqi, China.
In March the temperatures can go as low as minus 20C in Turkey and on the Ustyurt plateau in Kazakhstan as high as 40-60C in summer. I aim to seek out homestays in Turkey but will carry my full camping kit & up to 6 litres of water as I expect to wild camp most of the journey.
I will always have a dog/bear repellant spray in reach & carry lots of dried noodles and pasta.
Apart from the risks of exhaustion, exposure, heat stroke, dehydration, road traffic accidents, animal encounters and officialdom it should be a walk in the park.
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