TWO friends from North Devon have cycled more than 4,500 miles across 12 countries and two continents to raise money for charity – and they aren’t finished yet!
Elliot Macdonald, from Fremington and Sam Mitchell, from Braunton, along with two friends from London are currently in the middle of a 19,000 mile round the world bike ride.
The pair, who left North Devon on August 4 for the nine-month journey, have travelled through Europe, Russia, and Kazakhstan and have now reached China.
The group are cycling to raise funds for their chosen charities Agape, the Fire Fighters Charity, the Dover Trust, Motor Neurone Disease Association and Cancer Research UK.
Throughout their journey, the group have been writing an online blog.
In their latest post, they describe the challenges of crossing Kazakhstan, the ninth biggest country in the world that boasts very poor infrastructure.
Elliot said: “We’ve had winds where it feels like you’re being slapped in the face by 50 fish at once.
“We’ve had roads that are like nutty peanut butter spread upon a rustic slice of oaty wholemeal bread.
“It’s safe to say, Kazakhstan has thrown everything at us. That said, 4,500 miles have been surpassed which means we’re officially a quarter of the way through.”
Elliot added that it had certainly not been easy: “I’ve definitely learnt that this trip is a lot more than just having the fitness to carry on turning those pedals.
“It’s very much a mental challenge as well.
“You have to hope luck is on your side when the weather coughs up his vast array of weapons.”
The group are now cycling through China, and still have 14,500 miles to cover through South East Asia, Australia, and America with just their bikes and tents to camp in.
Elliot’s mum Ruth said she was extremely proud, but glad they had made it through Kazakhstan.
“There was a real mixture of nervousness, concern and excitement, mainly the first two, prior to their departure. However, their regular blog updates and emails from Elliot have given us answers to many of those concerns.
“I’m so proud of all of them.”
To follow their journey, or sponsor them, visit www.charity.co.uk or www.virginmoneygiving.com/worldcycle