This fundraising effort is really going the distance. 35,000 miles! Taking in the seven wonders of the world, fundraising adventurers Alex Saxon and Kev Pulfrey are attempting the around the world trip in a tuk-tuk.
We heard from them as they got ready to start their epic challenge.
“So, here we are…Tuk The High Road!
“Our plan is simple (or at least on paper it sounds simple). We are going to drive 35,000 miles around the world, via the seven wonders of the world, on a three-wheeled auto-rickshaw known as a tuk-tuk. This will be a world first and a Guinness World Record.
“Our adventure will see us driving across Europe, Asia and the Americas. We will traverse mountains, conquer deserts, explore rainforests and battle through snow. We will evade tigers, befriend locals and break down in the worst places imaginable. We will face danger, overcome fears and have our eyes opened to the delights of planet earth. We will do all of this in a year(ish) and you can follow us as our journey unfolds.
“We are doing this in the name of charity and goodwill, with the benefactors being The Alzheimer’s Society and War Child. We hope to raise a goodly amount of money for these two charities using our Virgin Money Giving page.
“It is not long until our departure from London where we will drive south to Dover and catch the ferry to France. Once on mainland Europe our journey will take us towards Rome and our first wonder: the Colosseum. We shall head east through Europe, crossing into Asia in Turkey where we expect to be met with some harsh driving conditions in a cold, desert-like environment.
“We will then pass through Iran and Pakistan to India where we find our second wonder, the Taj Mahal.
“From India we ship to Thailand, the birthplace of our little Tuk and the start of the Orient. Two wonders are here: Angkor Wat in Cambodia and The Great Wall buried deep in Northern China. The diversity of this part of the trip will be immense as we pass through hot and humid southeast Asia into northern China in the dead of winter, where temperatures can plummet to -20C. From China, and after over a month on a boat, we land in Canada where we start our Americas leg. Driving south into the USA, our journey covers a coast-to-coast route of the States before turning south into Mexico where we find Chichen Itza, our 5th wonder. From there we travel through the jungles of Central America, where our Spanish is really put to the test.
“Entering South America from Colombia, we kick start our final continent and will feel pushed to the limit. We have thousands of miles to travel through the Amazon rainforest and over the Andes mountain range to ensure we see Machu Picchu in Peru and Christ the Redeemer in Brazil, where our journey will be drawing to a close. All that will be left is a boat ride to Portugal and the steady drive back to the UK. I told you it sounded simple on paper!
“We will be blogging, uploading pictures, videos and being as active as possible on our Twitter and Facebook. So be sure to check out our website to track our progress and to see how you can support the two charities we are fundraising for: The Alzheimer’s Society and War Child.”