Josh Bowesman-Jones, 6.1, J Social, has completed his adventure up Mt Kilimanjaro and across the Rocky Mountains for charity. Josh, who set out at the start of the Summer, has just completed his cycle across the Rocky Mountains in the USA.
Commenting on completing his mission, Josh said:
What a ride! Nearly 600 miles of tarmac cycled, over the height of Everest climbed, all above 4,800ft, every different kind of weather and temperatures, and seemingly every type of terrain under the sun: desert, alpine meadow, tabletop mountains, craggy mountains, the list goes on.
When I was planning this ride, I didn’t realise the sort of challenge that I was getting myself into. After climbing Kili, I thought that would be the hardest thing I would do: it was incredibly tough. However, the relentless nature of my ride, where I would get up and then spend the rest of the day in the saddle, having to push myself to pretty much my limit to get over some of the climbs that I did, I think made this the hardest thing I have ever done both physically and mentally.
Waking up every morning with very sore legs was probably the worst thing, or maybe the weather: By the end of the ride, I had come up with the motto “Why did I decide to go up it instead of round it?”
However, so far in this summary, I seem to have dwelt solely on the sheer difficulty of it, but in fact, it was so much more enjoyable than I have made it out to be. I wouldn’t have missed a single mile of it! Having my support team (my family) cycling along with me occasionally, and keeping up in the truck, made it not so lonely and much easier mentally as well.
I am so grateful to all of you who have donated to my two chosen causes so far and I would urge those of you who haven’t got round to it yet to make a donation; it would be very much appreciated, not only by me, but by Saving Faces and Gehandu School.
The money Josh has raised this Summer will go to Gehandu Secondary School in Mbulu, East Africa, to support the work carried out by the Gehandu-Radley partnership. It will also support head and neck cancer research and the charity 'Saving Faces' which is dedicated to research into facial surgery including head and neck cancer and its treatment.
To donate please visit Josh's fundraising page: