Frequently Asked Questions

How can I help?

If you have been inspired by our dream and would like to help there are a number of things that you could do:

  1. Donate to our chosen charities via our ‘Just Giving’ Link:

    www.justgiving.com/cyclingnomads (SOS Children’s Villages)

    www.justgiving.com/cyclingnomads1 (Julia’s House)

  1. Introduce us/put us in contact with anyone that you think could help us along the way – this maybe someone who might let us have a hot shower en-route, let us camp in their garden, to press contacts or companies that might be able to support us financially or donate equipment. We will also be asking schools if they would like us to give talks or lessons to them along the way. We would be willing to talk about our route, our nominated charities’ work, our adventure, and whether they would be interested in creating educational links, to help children learn about the world that we live in.
  2. Tell people about our adventure.
  3. Track our progress en-route.
  4. Keep in touch with us.
  5. If you are travelling in the area where we will be get in touch. Do you know anything about the route that we will be taking? If so, your advice would be appreciated.

Why?

To live

To explore

To discover

To breathe life

To fulfill a dream

To challenge ourselves

To experience new cultures

To connect with the rhythm of life

To connect with the spirit of adventure

To raise money for our chosen charities

To meet strangers who will leave as friends

To create educational links between schools

To experience and learn about the world we live in

Why not?

When are you going?

Flying out 29th October 2008 and hope to start cycling from the 1st November, 2008.

How will you get to South America?

We will flat pack our bikes into bike boxes and go with them in the coach to Gatwick. The bike boxes will take the place of our luggage allowance.

Explore! have sponsored our flights out to South America. We will be flying with Aerolineas Argentinas from London, all the way to Ushuaia.

What are you taking with you?

Not very much – see the equipment page.

Isn’t it better to go from Alaska to Argentina?

Apparently so according to research on the internet. There are formidable winds that will be very hard going, especially on the Patagonia part of the route. However we will travel along the Carretera Austral and hope that we will be somewhat protected. By cycling from Argentina to Alaska, providing we are fit, strong, healthy, have a bit of money left over the inclination to continue, then we would love to cross the Bering Strait over into Russia and down through China and beyond.

How have you funded the trip?

We are funding the trip ourselves. We have tried to reduce the shopping bill and Kelly has tried to wean Dave off biscuits and chocolates! We are cycling to work and trying not to use the car as much. We are going to sell off most of our belongings and try and live as cheaply as possible once we are on the road.

How long will it take?

We are anticipating that it will take us about 18 months. We are not trying to break any records and tend to enjoy the journey more than the destination; therefore if we find somewhere we like we may stay on a little while to get to know the people and the area a little better. We would like to spend a while getting to know Mexico and kayaking around Baja.

Have you got a time limit on your cycling?

Nope, it is all dependent upon health, wealth and inclination.

Why not get the bus?

Kelly gets motion sickness!

Where will you be staying?

We will be wild camping for the most part and hope that people will let us camp on their land. If family and friends come to visit then we are hoping they will take pity on us and let us use their hot showers in their hotels!

What will you miss?

Family and friends.

How many countries will you go through?

We haven’t got a definite route apart from heading north. We think we will end up going through 15 countries.

Will anyone else come out to cycle with you?

We are hoping that friends and family will come out and join us for certain parts of the route.

What will you do when you come back?

We will cross that bridge when we get to it! We are going to enjoy each day as it comes.


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