Journeying across the Great Divide

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A British grandfather living on the Costa Blanca is preparing to embark on an epic solo journey across America to raise money for charity.

Geoff Stacey is leaving his home in Sax, Alicante Province, to travel the Trans American Trail: a 5,000 mile coast to coast trip across off-road tracks on his KTM 690 Enduro R rally bike. 

Geoff, aged 66, has travelled to all continents of the world, both with and without a bike, but this is his first outing with the rally bike.

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The trip has been several months in the making and will be in memory of his wife Sue.

She sadly passed away in 2007 from a rare and undiagnosed heart condition known as Long QT, more commonly known as Sudden Adult Death Syndrome, coming as a complete shock to the family. 

The couple had a passion for travelling and were lucky enough to have travelled the world on several occasions. 

Following her diagnosis their three children had tests, being told it can be hereditary, and were given the all clear, but their grandson Connor was diagnosed with the condition.

He has since undergone treatment at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in the UK, and seeing their work has prompted Geoff to take on the challenge to raise funds for their charity.

In five weeks time Geoff will leave the Costa Blanca and head to his starting point in North Carolina, where he will be scaling the Appalachian Mountains, going over the Rockies and the Great Divide to get to Oregon on the West Coast around 40 days later.

Companies have sponsored him with equipment and shipping costs, but all expenses are being funded by Geoff to ensure that all donations go to the GOSH. To donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/geoffstacey.

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