A scout leader is due to return home this month after an epic mission to cycle solo around the world.
Reece Gledhill, from Rawdon, has survived debilitating illness, altitude sickness and injuries from falls and crashes since he set off on his expedition on February 1 in aid of UNICEF and the Scout Association. Despite encountering an attempted mugging and assault in Mongolia he remains buoyant about the human spirit.
Reece said: “Not only am I trying to raise money for charity but I am also on a mission. I’m travelling solo to these places in the hope that many people will realise that the world is not a dangerous place to go, in fact it is a wonderful place. People are generally good, hospitable people and you should not fear strangers as many people do.”
Reece and his bike, ‘The Kibo’, which has suffered damage, breakdowns and numerous punctures, are travelling with no support or back up, reliant on his own funds and the generosity of people he meets along the way.
His journey has taken him along the northern hemisphere and through 19 countries and three continents, through cities, countryside, remote villages, deserts and over mountain ranges.
The highest point being the Pamir Plateau, one of the most remote areas in the world at over 15,000 feet (4,655m) above sea level.
One of the highlights was meeting schoolchildren in Georgia, who after spotting Reece rushed out of school with a world map so he could show them where he was from.
He has experienced extreme weather including temperatures from sub zero which caused brake cables and gears to freeze. On completion of his journey Reece will have covered over 13,600 miles.