BENEFITING: Grant Beckstrand Cancer Foundation
I am joining my schooldays friend and fellow Dave (Harries) as honorary MAMILS (Middle-Aged Men in Lycra) on a charity bike ride across South East Asia. I mean, we could have climbed Everest but everybody's doing that these days (sorry Nige!) or bought the Ferrari (would have but didn't have the cash, not even for a yellow one)but this is the only middle-age crisis adventure you could do sitting down. You even get foam crutch sewn into the shorts. How hard can it be? Really? And 250 miles sounds much shorter than the 400 km the company organizing it advertized.
If you don't want to sponsor us finishing, perhaps bet on us failing dismally and ending up in hospital with dysentry or (heaven forbid) chaffed thighs. May be you could wager some cash on someone throwing rocks at us or full Coca Cola bottles as happened to the other Dave the other day in Essex ( wouldn't happen in California - some sand, maybe, or the odd bullet if you're unlucky). Some may just like signed photos of us holding in our stomachs in our super tight lycra pants (and no, that's not all padding - not ALL).
If none of that persuades you to part with your hard-earned money, why not sponsor us because Beckstrand is a terrific charity that my family (the US Dave) has been very involved in for many years. Beckstrand helps patients and their families with the very real problems associated with cancer - finding the money when you're sick to pay the mortgage, the rent, to buy groceries, to buy gifts for the kids at Xmas.
Seriously, how cool is that?
If you're still interested in details of our bike riding jolly (I mean, charity fund-raiser) here's what we'll be doing...
This breathtaking charity bike ride will take us from Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
The 250 miles (400km) route will take us through many traditional Vietnamese villages, following gorgeous streams and rivers, passing paddy fields and adjacent to stunning mountains.
We then cross the border into Cambodia and push on to the world famous temple site of Angkor Wat – arguably one of most fascinating wonders of the world! Built from 879 – 1191AD by the Khmer civilisation, Ankgor Wat represents one of mankind’s most astonishing architectural achievements and is certainly the jewel in Cambodia’s crown.
Two fascinating countries – one awesome charity challenge....and we've never previously ridden a bike much further than the local shops. Should be fun!