4,270 miles across 13 states in the U.S. and one Canadian Province. This is the distance that 19-year-old Briton George Broughton is cycling for his Coast-to-Coast campaign organized by Cycle America, in aid of the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH). The funds raised will contribute to the charity's nook appeal—a campaign to build a new children's hospice in Norfolk—launched with EACH's Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.
The nephew of AVENUE's 'Hampton Drive' columnist, Henry Broughton, George is a student studying politics and philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. His journey began in June and spans over the course of 64 days during his summer break in between semesters.
"I will be starting on the West Coast in Seattle in mid June working my way in the direction of the pond for 9 weeks hopefully by the end of which I will have arrived at my destination; Boston," George wrote on justgiving.com, where people can donate to his fundraiser. "I say hopefully as for 9 weeks I will be cycling 80 miles a day, through all types of terrain, temperatures well into the high thirties and sleeping under canvas."
Before he started the journey, George prepared to hit the road with a three day training session with his godmother, Emma Deterding, who has been an EACH patron for over 25 years (and cochair the charity's recent gala in called A Taste of Norfolk, held at Houghton Hall). This Sunday, she will be joining him for the final two stages of his journey.
As for something the young cyclist is looking forward to after the ride? Visiting the town of Fairhaven in Massachusetts, where he will spend time looking up his family ancestry. His grandfather, Lord Fairhaven of Anglesey Abbey, is the great grandson of Henry Rogers who helped build the town.
You can find updates throughout George's adventure on his blog and Twitter. Click here for more details on how to donate to his inspiring Coast-to-Coast campaign.