From Ealing to China...By Bike
Local men hope to raise £20,000 for MS charity
However, now that they are just three weeks away from reaching their destination, they need kindness from those closer to home to help them meet their fundraising target of £20,000.
Following a route that roughly traces the ancient Silk Road, they set up a web page for donations at www.spinningsilk.org.uk, packed their bags and set off on the journey of a lifetime.
Traveling through 17 countries without using any public transport except across sea, they have grappled with 16 languages, fixed 23 punctures, broken two wheel rims and crashed in one particularly nasty Hungarian pothole!
They have crossed treacherously high and icy mountain paths, been chased across central Turkey by huge sheep dogs and huddled for warmth as nighttime temperatures dropped below -20 in the Uzbekistan desert.
Invited for tea, dinner and traditional wedding dancing, there is no doubt that it has been an incredible adventure.
But their ultimate goal has never been far from their minds. On the 20th anniversary of Tim’s father’s death, they raised a glass with two Afghan refugees while vowing to keep on fundraising to fight the plight of the thousands of other UK families whose lives have been affected by the crippling illness that is MS.
As Tim and Pete embark on the final leg of their journey, they now desperately need more donations to help meet their target.
Please help them to make their trip complete and help change others’ lives by giving what you can at www.spinningsilk.org.uk
February 3, 2011