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Toe2Top - South America

Toe2Top - Cycling the length of South America

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My story

[p][br][/p][p]*****[/p][p]Friends, family, and to anyone who has managed to stumble across our somewhat foolish idea to cycle 8,000 miles from through the Andes from the Toe (Ushuaia) to the Top (Cartagena), of South America, firstly thank you for taking your time to visit our charity page. [/p][p]It has long been a dream of both of ours to take on a challenge of this scale, although the closer the departure date of 24th January looms, the more and more we are questioning the decision we made almost a year ago. [/p][p]The challenge we have set ourselves is undoubtedly a gargantuan task, if we say so ourselves: to cycle 8,000 miles completely unsupported up the longest mountain range in the world in roughly four and a half months. An insanely long way and an equally mind-boggling amount of time spent on a bike and in a tent. To put this into context, when we finally run headfirst into the Caribbean Sea in Northern Colombia we will have effectively cycled a 1/3 of the way around the equator, the equivalent of Land’s End to John O’Groats 9 times, or Twickenham’s dead ball line to dead ball line 102,998 times. [/p][p]The aim is to get from Ushuaia to Cartagena in as short a time as possible. Our reckoning is that if we cycle all day every day we should be done by the 5th June, a total of 130 days on the saddle at an average of 65 miles a day. Whilst it is a target, we will not be disheartened if we do not make it in this time frame - so much can happen on the long road north and there are an infinite number of obstacles that will test our nerve on a daily basis. [/p][p]With the first pedal stroke out of Ushuaia being taken on the 26th January 2019, we will embark on a journey into the unknown, something which not even the most stringent planning can prepare us for. That being said, there are a few things that we can be certain of: [/p][p]· Our immediate concern will be the massive headwinds in Patagonia! At the time of writing (16/01/19) the wind forecast for Ushuaia is 40mph for the next three days. The prevailing wind direction is from the North West, so something to look forward to as we follow Routa 9 into Chile. [/p][p]· Extreme temperatures. At the highest points of our trip we will have to deal with -10°C during the night. In the day, temperatures will get up to 35°C. [/p][p]· Mammoth climbs and extreme altitudes! The highest point on our trip – the ‘Abra Anticona’ – will be a fairly surreal 4818 meters. We will traverse the Andes from bottom to top, and so will spend most of our time either ascending or descending. [/p][p]· Large swathes of our trip will be on dirt/gravel roads, or completely off road. [/p][p]· Carrying food and water for up to three days at a time, especially as we cross the Atacama Desert and the Salt Flats de Uyini. [/p][p]· The luxuries of life out of a tent. We will be packing light so its X2 pairs of socks and X2 pairs of boxers. A charity challenge in itself if anyone wants to smell them at the end! [/p][p]If you would like to see more information about our route, please do head over to our website [url=http://www.toe2top.co.uk/]www.toe2top.co.uk[/url]. [/p][p]We hope by now that we have conveyed how difficult a task this really is. It is of course the trip of a lifetime and something we are incredibly excited about, but we are both aware that there will be some seriously tough times. Bike breakages, language barriers, altitude sickness, freezing cold, cravings for a shower, the monotony of endless desert plains and painful climbs with 40kgs on our bikes, it will at times be incredibly bleak. What will keep us going through these times is the knowledge that we are peddling for four amazing causes – [b]The Charlie Watkins Foundation[/b], [b]The Air Ambulance[/b], [b]War Child [/b]and [b]SANDS[/b]. Trying to make the world a better place one pedal at a time! [/p][p][b]The Charlie Watkins Foundation [/b]- The Charlie Watkins Foundation has been formed to receive funds in memory of Charlie Watkins. Charlie was a friend of both Roo and James. He was in the year above at school and played tennis with and against James for many years. Charlie sadly took his life in March 2017. Charlie is one of many examples of young people who suffer from mental health issues today, and the Charlie Watkins Foundation aims to raise funds for trustees of the foundation to better support young people suffering from mental illness problems. Mental health issues can affect anyone, regardless of age, race or social background. The foundation have set up Chat with Charlie. The aim of Chat with Charlie is to provide a safe space for students to speak openly about their own mental health. It is a 1:1 online chatroom with trained volunteers and operates every day from 6pm. Charlie Watkins Foundation hope to expand the concept to other universities around the country, such as York, which was Charlie’s university. [/p][p]Please visit the Charlie Watkins Foundation website at [url=https://www.cwfoundation.co.uk/][u]www.cwfoundation.co.uk[/u][/url][/p][p][b]The Air Ambulance[/b] - The Air Ambulance fly two regional air ambulances, across the counties of Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland. These two helicopters provide a rapid response to trauma and medical emergencies. With an average response of just 13 minutes, between them they attend on average 7 missions a day. Each time the Air Ambulance makes a trip it costs them £1,700. The money raised for The Air Ambulance will go towards saving many more lives. Back in 2006 the Air Ambulance saved James' Granny’s life when she broke her neck falling off a horse, they were there to pick her up from the accident within a matter of minutes. In 2010 unfortunately James' Granny had another fatal injury whilst farming. The Air Ambulance once again came out but that time it was too late, she sadly passed away at the accident. [/p][p]Please visit Air Ambulance website at [url=https://theairambulanceservice.org.uk/][u]theairambulanceservice.org.uk[/u][/url][/p][p][b]War Child[/b] - War Child aim to reach children as early as possible when conflict breaks out, and they stay on to support them-long after the TV cameras have gone. They help keeps them safe, give them an education, and equip them with skills for the future. War Child understands childrens needs, respects their rights, and puts them at the centre of everything they do. Whether it's helping Syrian children access education, rehabilitating ex-child soldiers in the Central African Republic or seeking justice for young people detained in Afghanistan. They also work with children and young people to change systems and practices that affect them. They campaign on the root causes of conflict, and they demand that children are at the centre of all humanitarian responses.[/p][p]Please visit War Child at [url=https://www.warchild.org.uk/][u]www.warchild.org.uk[/u][/url][/p][p][b]Sands - [/b]Sands supports anyone affected by the death of a baby, to improve the bereavement care received by parents and families, and to influence policy makers and promote research to reduce the number of babies dying. It is a stillbirth and neonatal death charity. They aim to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies' lives. James has worked with Future Family for over four years now. Future Family offer both emotional and financial support for families if they have a child born with a disability. James has seen over the years how difficult it is when a family lose a child. Sands do such an incredible job so all money is hugely appreciated.[/p][p]Please visit Sands at [url=https://www.sands.org.uk/][u]www.sands.org.uk[/u][/url][/p][p]To make things clear, we will be donating 25% of the total funds raised to each charity and no money will be going to us but directly to the charities. If you do however feel strongly about one charity in particular please could you make a check out to the charity and send it to Crowe Hall, Stutton, Ipswich, IP9 2SH. [/p][p]We strongly believe that these are four great causes, and so please do give generously. Any amount big or small will make a difference in making the world a better place and thank you so much in advance. [/p][p]Much love[/p][p]Roo and Jim [/p][p]XX[/p][p][br][/p]
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Oct 18, 2019


A staggering and inspiring effort. Many, many congratulations!

£1000.00 plus £250.00 Gift Aid

Oct 4, 2019

Sybil Mcghie

Cheque from Sybil Mcghie


Oct 4, 2019

Anne and Lawrence Marshall

Cheque from Anne and Lawrence Marshall.


Jul 14, 2019

Hattie Cuthbert

Amazing!!! Well done!!! Loved seeing the updates on Instagram too!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 14, 2019



Jun 25, 2019

Felix S

Inspiring stuff.


Jun 19, 2019


Absolutely unreal lads. V proud 👊 x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jun 18, 2019


Double up for bossin' it ! Unbelievable XXX


Jun 18, 2019



Jun 17, 2019

Harry Embleton

Well done, an incredible achievement!

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid