Bearded Freak on a Bike


My journey has snowballed from wanting to cycle from France to Istanbul, then Japan, and now around the world. I will be cycling from Rotterdam along the coastline of Istanbul. I will then make my way towards and across Kazakhstan and into China. In a roundabout way I will finally get to Japan and catch a flight to Seattle. I will then head south down the west coast, east along the border and up the east coast to Boston. This route is open to chance and my navigational skills, so the route may vary slightly. If you have a better grasp of numbers than places I will be cycling around 26,000 miles.

The journey will of course be challenging but my efforts will no doubt be rewarded with unique and wonderful experience. In order to make the impact of my undertakings easier I have equipped myself with an array of tools that will enable me to continue even if I find myself stuck in the middle of nowhere. One recent purchase was a water filter, pretty basic, but something that could make a huge difference. I say ‘recent’ because it was not something I considered to be as important as having something to read or having the lightest stove possible, or novelty items such as a fishing rod.

The reason the need for water was so far down my list was I didn’t see it being a problem. After all, all I had to do to obtain as much as I like, without even having to carry it, was spend £50. We of course all take water for granted and consider something so basic ours by rights. I’m sure you are all aware that some people don’t have this luxury, resorting to travelling vast distances or succumbing to drinking contaminated water.

So here’s the part where you come in… Whilst on my travels I will undoubtedly be helped, fed and given shelter by a wide variety of wonderful people (I hope). So if I can raise money for a charity that does so much good, providing what we can obtain so easily, then I will have at least attempted in some way to repay that kindness.

WaterAid enables the world’s poorest people to gain access to safe water and sanitation. Together with improved hygiene, these basic human rights underpin health, education and livelihoods, forming the first essential step in overcoming poverty.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity and make sure Gift Aid is reclaimed on every eligible donation by a UK taxpayer. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – I raise more, whilst saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

I will be setting off on the 1st of May 2012, to return some time in 2014. Please help me in raising as much as possible to make someone else’s life a bit easier.

Thank you!

Samuel Thorner