From North to South

On the 12th of this month, a man will set off in a camper van with his wife with the north of Norway as his first destination. The rest of the trip will be on bicycle.

Setting off on the 1st of August, he will attempt to cycle from this northern point in Scandavia to Cape Town in South Africa in order to raise funds for sufferers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, cycling 242 kilometres each day. He is hoping to reach Cape Town in October, if all things go to plan.

Motril resident, Miguel González (53) has come a long way since he weighed 170 kilos, which was when he decided to do something about it and that he was going to have to walk, and walk a lot, to shake off his obesity, which he did. Now he’s turned to cycling… and a hell of a long way (17,000 kilometres approximately).

He says that he was inspired by a Netflix documentary called De Cabo a Cabo en Bici (from Cape to Cape on a Bicycle). The two people involved didn’t set a record as one of them had dropped out along the way. Since watching this he has spent two years planning the trip.

The trip will take him from Norway to Sweden, Germany, France and Spain. When he arrives in Almería, he’ll take a ferry to Argelia and then continue south but now unaccompanied by his wife in the camper van. He plans to cycle 12 hours a day at a steady pace. In his training, he’s even cycled on beach sand to ready himself for this kind of terrain.

And the Sahara Desert? He’s equipped with a tent, 12 litres of water and a satelite phone in case of emergencies. It’s not until the last leg of the trip that he will meet up with his wife again.

So, how can he prove that he’s cycled the route? He will have to find locals each day who will certify that he has passed that way on his bike. He will also keep a log-book diary to record daily achievements.

Of course, this costs money – some 18,000 euros, which have been funded in part by Motril businesses, but this trip is about raising funds for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) sufferers who number between 4,000 and 5,000 just in Spain.

(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia – Source Article/Photo: Ideal/Javier Martin)

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