THOMAS SOSSON and Pascal Baquet cycled into Javea from their home country Belgium, where they met Mayor Jose Chulvi, before continuing on to Andalucia where they will catch a ferry across to North Africa.
At face value, just a nice holiday cycle ride for a couple of friends, but nothing could be further from the truth.
The two riders aged 25 and 26 plan to cycle through Morocco, Mauritania and Senegal, before crossing the Atlantic to travel via Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia to Ecuador, before setting off again on the last leg of their journey taking them through Asian countries such as China, India or Nepal, where the challenging conditions of the Himalayas await tired limbs.
This adventure dubbed ‘Globe Trotters’ has been planned to raise money for cancer research, particularly leukaemia.
Thomas and Pascal are collaborating with Belgian association Télévie, a charitable programme with more than 20 years’ experience in organising different projects in support of the FNRS (National Foundation for Scientific Research).
Evidentially, in northern Europe it is quite common for young people to undertake fund-raising activities to raise money for good causes. Number crunching reveals that the entire journey is expected to last some 13 months, cycling more than 28,000 kilometres through 30 countries and four continents.
The two adventurers will be posting photos and updates on their website, information that can later be used by hospitals for sick children to teach geography and culture.
Donations and sponsorship can be arranged through their French-language website www.lesglobulestrotters.org, where you can also keep a track of their adventure across the world.
By Benny Davis
Caption: Mayor Chulvi (left) with the two adventurers.