Dan Monins, 25, has set himself the epic challenge of cycling half way round the world, a total of approximately 17,000 miles. With just a touring bike, backpack, tent and of course a helmet, Dan will be making the journey through 22 countries whilst aiming to support the local charity, Headway Jersey.
Dan who has spent the last 3 years travelling whilst working as a dive instructor, most recently in Iceland, began his journey from his sister’s house in Chester. It took just 5 days to get to Portsmouth and board the ferry to Jersey. He plans to spend some time catching up with friends and family before setting off by boat to St Malo on 30th October. His planned route will take him through France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary,Serbia,Bulgaria,Turkey,Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and finally New Zealand.
Asked what made Dan take on such a mind boggling challenge he answered “Why not? It’s a once in a life time opportunity. It may surprise you that the furthest I’ve ever cycled before was probably from Corbiere to La Rocque! I’ve done a lot of research over the internet and there is such a community of cyclists and a wealth of information and resources. I also plan to visit many friends I’ve met whilst diving, most who live in Europe and Asia.”
This phenomenal challenge will take some time to complete, travelling 80-100km per day Dan estimates he will reach New Zealand some time in 2015. Islanders can keep track of Dan’s movements on a blog he has created, roundtheworldinmorethan80days.blogspot.com, as well as Social Media. He has set an enormous target of raising £17,000 for Headway Jersey, £1 for every mile travelled. Dan is looking for support from Islanders with any inventive fundraising ideas to come forward and support the challenge.
Dan Continues “I wanted my efforts to make a difference and raise funds for a local charity, I chose Headway because of the link with cycling safety. I’ve visited the Headway Centre and been shown some of the rehabilitation equipment they use. It’s great to see how the funds raised will go towards helping people in Jersey and it will keep me motivated when I’m cycling.”
Donations can be made online www.justgiving.com/Daniel-Monins or sent to Headway Centre, Le Coie, Springfield Road, JE2 7DN. If anyone would like to support or help with fundraising for the challenge please contact Beth at Headway on 505937.