Doddington man David Mole is nearing the end of a gruelling 3,500 mile solo cycle ride across America.
David (30) has struggled both physically and mentally with the challenge and his family are hoping the people of Fenland can show their support to help him through the last stretch of his journey.
David, who is a former pupil of Lionel Walden Primary School and Cromwell Community College, flew out to America on June 3 and has his flight booked to return on Thursday.
He is expected to arrive in Washington DC on Monday, but still has more than 400 miles to go through the Appalachian mountains. While they are not the biggest mountains he has come across, they will still be challenging – a bit bigger than Primrose Hill in Doddington, he joked to his sister Rebecca.
Rebecca Moye, who lives in Doddington, said: “The first two weeks, he really struggled mentally because he wasn’t seeing anyone. But a lot of Americans have been really supportive. One old couple even chased him down the road to give him some sponsorship money! He has met some amazing people.”
David originally set out to raise £3,500 – one pound for every mile – but is now struggling with his motivation and has lowered his target to £3,000.
His family, including brothers Gareth (26) and Daniel (24) and parents Denise and Derrick, are fully behind David and receive a text message from him each day. They have also been speaking online to him regularly, hearing about the ups and downs of his journey and sending him love and support across the Atlantic. That does not stop them from worrying about him though, particularly as he has no back-up team following him.
David is raising money for Little Acorns Hospice, based near Birmingham, in memory of 14-year-old Aaron Craig. Aaron is the son of one of David’s best friends and he watched him struggle with Sanfilippo disease, a life limiting degenerative disorder that affects the brain and causes the major organs to slowly shut down leading to childhood death.
After his diagnosis at the age of 11, Aaron and his family received excellent care and support that extended even after Aaron’s death in January 2008.
When David decided he wanted to “do something with his life” as he approached 30 – what Rebecca jokingly called his mid-life crisis – he came up with the idea of raising money for the hospice.
• If you would like to send David a message of support, please comment below this story and we will make sure he sees them. The last miles are always the hardest so a much-needed boost from back home will help him cross the finish line, where a British Embassy representative should be waiting, hopefully with a cup of tea in hand!
You can also donate to David’s fundraising appeal at www.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidMole1