Having purchased my first ‘grown up’ bike in October and being an all-round unlikely suspect for physical activity, it seemed perfectly natural that I would decide to cycle approximately 4000 miles around New Zealand.
I will be tackling the ride completely unsupported, meaning that I will need to lug every item I decide to pack. Those of you who know my passion for footwear will understand that trimming my entire life down to four pannier bags and a tent will be hard enough. Throw in New Zealand’s undulating landscape and the likelihood of having to sleep in tents and eat plain pasta four times a day and you’ll begin to realise just how crazy this is!
So why do it? I have never undertaken a charity challenge of any kind and have developed a new found passion for exploring the world. Cycling home from Surrey one sunny afternoon, the idea floated into my mind, fully formed. Then I had the idiocy to tell people about it. Now I HAVE to do it.
Choosing a charity was an absolute no brainer for me. Emilie’s charities appeals to me as someone interested in raising awareness of cycle safety but most importantly as a primary school teacher with a heart firmly focused on education. The charity’s mission is to give children and young adults in poorer areas of the world a better start in life and hope for the future – and this can only be achieved through donations. All money received goes to the projects with administration costs being met by the trustees. If you’d like more information about how your money will change lives, please visit the website: http://emiliescharities.org/
To join me for the journey and to check that I really am earning those very generous donations, follow me on Twitter @nzbybicycle or check out my blog pages.
Thank you so much – Elisha