I decided I didn’t want to begin my year abroad in an airport. So instead of travelling by plane, I’m going to bike to Germany: cycling just shy of 1,000km. I’ll start from my home town, ride across Yorkshire to Hull and the North Sea. After an overnight ferry, I’ll head up the Rhine from Rotterdam to Heidelberg. I hope to manage it in nine days.
I’m setting off tomorrow.
The trip is in aid of SCI, a charity that combats neglected tropical diseases, reckoned to be a ‘best buy’ according to the World Health Organisation: donations make a big impact.