Well I guess that there is no turning back now, the challenge is out there for the whole world to see. 2018 is going to be an amazing year of travel, discovery and fundraising.
The excitement has already set in, thinking about all of the places which I will be passing through, and all of the sights I will experience. From the mountain forests of New Hampshire, to the barren deserts of Nevada, this really is going to be a journey you want to stick with me on!
As I am sure you have seen, my journey will begin at the most north-eastern point of the United States, in a little town called Lubec in Maine, where I will be heading over the border into Canada just to cross back over into the US. I will be heading down the beautiful coastline to just North of Boston, before joining up with numerous bike trails and nature pathways through the stunning forests of New Hampshire, Vermont and Upstate New York. I have always dreamed of visiting these states (Albeit in the autumn months with the red and golden trees), seeing them in the springtime I am sure will be just a beautiful. There are many old railways converted into walking paths through the mountains and forests, I am sure that I will miss these parts when I am stuck on busy roads later in the Journey!
My first major stop will be at the Niagara Falls, a place which I have always seen on TV but never had chance to visit. The mountains of the North East will be far behind me as I run along the edge of Lake Erie past Cleaveland and Onto my next stopping point of Chicago. This is my first major city along the route, which I am sure will present some challenges when I arrive in the busy metropolis. I am a huge fan of the NFL, ever since my only trip to America in 2005, where I volunteered at the Denver Broncos stadium. With this in mind I am hoping that I will be able to visit some of the famous teams and stadiums along my journey.
After leaving Chicago, it’s time for the famous “Route 66”, the Rock’n’Roll Highway. Taking the original road from just south of Chicago down to St Louis to see that majestic Arch! More countryside trails and tracks will greet me as I pass onto Kansas City, and hopefully another NFL stadium! Upon leaving Kansas, in my mind, is where things start to get really tough. I will be passing through hot farm lands and barren landscapes, with some towns being 20-30 miles apart leading all of the way to Denver, my first ever American City and the home to my team, the Denver Broncos. I can only hope I will be allowed to run into the stadium when I arrive! Even though by now I will have passed the halfway point, mentally this is it for me. I will be resting here for a week before taking on the daunting second half of the run, through the Rocky Mountains, Navajo Reserves and Nevada Deserts.
I will be starting what I think will be the toughest part of the run, both mentally and physically, I will be leaving Denver south through the Rocky Mountain range, before passing down into the Navajo Reserve in the middle of the summer. I will have to judge my day wisely to stop in the right towns before heading out early in the morning before the heat becomes too much! I will be stopping in Flagstaff so I can have a visit to the Grand Canyon, something that I cannot miss when passing by so close. I will be heading onto Las Vegas, and the City of lights, before wisely taking the Southern Route into California and avoiding death Valley in the September heat. This will bring me to my first sight of LA, the city where dreams are made and careers are destroyed, “That’s show business!”. I will stay in LA for a week and try and promote the run and the charity as much as I possibly can. After all, this city is home to more talk shows, recording studios and media outlets than anywhere else in the world!
After being a media junkie in LA, I will take the beautiful Pacific highway all the ways down to San Diego, and my final city on my journey. By now I will expect to have more blisters than feet, and calves of steel! I am hoping to have the finish line in Mexico just over the border in Tijuana, so I can say that I began in Canada and finished in Mexico! I will have covered over 4,200 miles in the seven months of running and hopefully had so many amazing experiences that I will just want to turn around and run back again.
The main aim of the trip is to raise funds and awareness for the charity Spinal Research. I will be contacting every newspaper, TV station and radio station as I possibly can along the way so that I can spread the word of the charity and the run to as many people as possible. So if you are in the media business in America please get in touch!
I hope that you stick with me over the next 2 years of training and preparations for this momentous event, and the of cause the 7 months following through America. If you would like to know more about the run then please get in touch through the contact form!
Roll on 2018!