Our goal is to ride every inch of the way from Rainbows Children's Hospice in Loughborough to Faro in Portugal. In doing so, we'll be raising money for the Rainbows Children's Hospice.
I am sometimes asked exactly what this expedition will involve, well here are the stats:
Expedition members: Tim Jefferis (38), Ruth Jefferis (15), Jacob Jefferis (13) and Alexander Saunders (13)
Distance: Over the course of three weeks we will be cycling 1650 miles from Rutland, England to Faro, Portugal
Pedal revolutions: Between us we will clock up in the region of 1,782,000 turns of the pedals.
Utterances of: 'Are we nearly there yet?' - none, of course!
Calories likely to be consumed: 240,000 (based on a conservative 2500 Cal/person/day).
The idea took seed a long time ago - 1984 in fact - in California. During a six month sejour in the Golden State my Dad rashly suggested that we would return one day (I was only 9 at the time) and cycle the state from north to south. We never did.
I don't hold that against him, life moves on, things happen, we did other things. But his suggestion sowed a seed. I've loved embarking on big cycling adventures ever since: Land's End to John O'Groats, France north to south, the RAID Pyrenean. Cycling to the southern most tip of the Iberian Peninsula has long been an itch I've wanted to scratch.
And now that the kids are old enough I intend to do just that.
But this isn't just a 'jolly'. We'll be raising money for Rainbow's Children's Hospice. It is difficult to conceive a more worthy cause. As we ride south with the wind in our faces and sun on our backs we will have in the back of our minds those far less fortunate than ourselves.
I hope you'll feel able to support us.