We aim to cycle from Hongseong, South Korea to Dublin, Ireland over the course of seven to nine months, starting in March 2016. This is a distance of approximately 15, 000 kilometres. We plan to avoid all air travel but will undertake three ferry journeys: one from Incheon, South Korea to Qingdao, China; one from Rotterdam, Netherlands to Hull, England and one from Holyhead, Wales to Dublin, Ireland.
Through the promotion of our cycle we hope to raise awareness, and money, for mental health issues and we plan to donate all raised cash to Headstrong, the Irish National Centre for Youth Mental Health (who have now changed their name to Jigsaw) All money raised will go directly to this charity, and will not be used by us to cover any of our travel costs.
We hope to raise €1 for Jigsaw, for every 1 kilometre cycled. Our route will take us over approximately 15,000 kilometres, meaning that we hope to raise €30,000. (€1 x 15,000km x 2 people). This money will cover the cost of a Clinical Support Worker with Headstrong who, over the course of 12 months, will work with approximately 120 young people.
We aim to cover an average of 500 kilometres per week, or 100 kilometres per day, with two rest days per week. If we manage to cycle 500 kilometres per week the journey will take us 30 weeks. We plan to leave South Korea at the beginning of March 2016, which would have us arriving to Dublin at the end of September of the same year. However, a more realistic timeframe, allowing for delays of various kinds en-route, is to arrive to Dublin at the end of October or beginning of November 2016, so that is what we are aiming for.