A FREMINGTON man is preparing to embark on the home stretch of a mammoth 18,000 mile charity bike ride which has seen him tour the world.
Elliot Macdonald is hoping to cover the final 3,500 mile route across the width of America in a bid to complete his round-the-world challenge.
The journey has so far seen him travel through more than a dozen countries across three continents since setting off from North Devon in August.
Although initially embarking on the journey with three friends, the 23-year-old is currently cycling through Australia on his own as he races through record temperatures to reach America.
Writing on his blog, Elliot said although he had enjoyed the experience of cycling on his own, the leg had proven to be one of the toughest so far.
He said: “It has been constant frustration as I open the door of the tent each day to see the wind going against me. The roads have been boring with just the open road at my mercy.
“But the time on my own has been incredible. I never thought I would ever be able to cycle a month and a half on my own through seven different countries.
“It’s been challenging but an experience of so much value.”
For the final leg across America, Elliot will be joined by close friend Richard Chumbley, from Westward Ho!.
Elliot said: “I’m so excited for it. I have a feeling it may be a bit more entertaining than my cycle through Australia so far.”
Although he is currently in training to become a navy diver, Richard said he had been eagerly preparing for his American cycle, which is due to start on February 5.
Richard said: “It’s not every day an opportunity like this comes along. There’s probably never going to be another chance to do it with my best mates.
“I have always been someone for adventure really.
“I would have loved to have done all of it but with timings for me and my training with the navy and other jobs I just couldn’t really afford to do it all which is a bit of a shame.”
To follow their journey, or to donate, visit www.charitycycle2013.co.uk, uk.virginmoneygiving.com worldcycle or richardchumbley.wordpress.com.