HELLO EVERYONE. I'm MASSIVELY proud, to announce that my son Sam Edstrom, is taking part in a charity bike ride this spring. a gigantic 6000 MILES/1000 KILOMETRES across 9MONTHS, starting this MARCH/APRIL.
He's been planning it for a couple of years now, with 2 friends, Joe and Will, from Ireland. …....they say it best on their own webpages..........
« We plan to cycle the 10,000 kilometers from Kinsale in Ireland to Kolkata in the north east of India to raise money for the HOPE foundation who work with disadvantaged children in the slums of Kolkata, our goal is to raise one euro for each kilometer we cycle. »
The ride will start in KINSALE, southern Ireland, and finish in KOLCATA (Calcutta) India, around 6 months later. Hence the title « K2K »
The 1st leg of their journey after travelling by ferry from CORK will bring them through FRANCE, heading for ITALY ;
It looks as if they'll be docking at ROSCOFF, up there on the north eastern FINESTERE coast, .
They'll be following closely to the "EUROVELO" ROUTES Firstly, on the EUROVELO 1 , from ROSCOFF to NANTES, where they pick up the EUROVELO 6 which winds it's merry way eastwards across France, EUROVELO 6 ends at the town of Tulcea in the Danube Delta. but K2K will head south after meeting the Rhone.
K2K will be probably be avoiding Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan, keeping north, heading into India on the Nepal side, via either Kazakstan, Turkmenistan or Usbekistan.
The boys have saved their own funds and borrowed cash and equipment to keep them going for the 9 months of the adventure. All donated money will go straight to the charity, who are supporting « K2K » with the use of a sat nav mapping system and support finding the visas.
The trip is entirely funded by the boys and by the good nature of all folks along the route.
Equipment, if donated, can be auctioned off after the ride, to try and raise even more cash. So if there are any generous cycle or camping suppliers willing to sponser the boys in any way, the guys will no doubt be delighted to hear about it. Contact them now, to find out about the opportunities to advertise your companies support on the various publicity about the ride.
I'm hoping to help the project by roping in any SFNers to spread the word or offer free places for the three intrepids to stay en route through France. It doesn't need to be the height of luxury, since they will be carrying full survival gear, but I'm sure they'd very much appreciate a secure bit of free ground to pitch up on and a pointer to the nearest loo and washing basin.
I think as a mother of one of them, what I really hope for is somewhere safe for them to pitch every night, so they enjoy the trip as much as they possibly can and don't have to risk loosing valuble equipment, much needed rest or motivation.
I'm sure friends here on SFN and many more of you will join in, by helping them help their chosen charity in some small way, even if you are not near to the two cycle routes or able to donate money.
go to the K2K webpage and follow the trip.
push a few more buttons to donate a little something to K2K for the HOPE charity,
I imagine fondly, that some SFNers might get rather enthusiastic about the prospect of meeting them,(they are great people, of course) watching the blog to see when they will arrive, welcoming 3 saddle-weary chaps, hear them kipping in tents on their front lawn, explaining to the neighbours what on earth's going on, or even introducing them to a bit extra of the local French colour, or helping out with local knowlegde, before patting them fondly on the back, ( if you're the huggy type, give my lad an extra hug from me, please), and waving them along their merry way towards India.
If you have any questions and are unable to get in touch with the boys directly, please don't hesitate to contact me, Jo Blick via SFN messaging here or Tel 0549034953 or mobile 0602396524. email@example.com
These are the main towns along the first leg.
Gouarec …...............thanks to Graham for a place to stay here*:)
Mur de Bretagne
Sucé & La Chgapelle sur Edre