What & Why?

We’re riding 10,000 miles on our tandem – across North America, New Zealand, Australia and Europe – in aid of the disaster relief charity ShelterBox.

Our route links some of the many ShelterBox teams around the world – and helps mark the tenth anniversary of the charity’s founding in 2000. On a trailer behind our tandem is one of the charity’s iconic green boxes – normally used to deliver emergency aid to disaster victims all over the world.

To help raise awareness of the amazing work that ShelterBox does, we’re giving talks to Rotary Clubs, schools, scout groups etc – as well as media interviews – in towns and cities all along our route.

Take a look at the interview below – shot while we were cycling across Texas in November 2010 – to hear more about what we’re doing and why:

The links below (click on the bold text) will tell you more about:

Our inspiration for this journey. Our mission and the target we’ve set ourselves. And, how your help can make it possible.


For a general media release about the UK/Europe leg of our ride and pictures, please click here.

You can contact us via tandem10@hotmail.co.uk. To return to the blog’s diary entries, click here – or on the blog title above.

Tents, Rotary Club, Rotarians



  1. Hi guys!
    Good luck for the start of your trip! we’ll be thinking of you on your travels.. see u at xmas.. lotsa love Claudine & Nick x

  2. Hi Guys,

    Hope your flight to Vancouver was good and that everything arrives intact. Pics of the unofficial start to your adventure on the way! Sian xx

  3. Lovely to meet the two of you today, selling hot dogs in support of Shelter Box with Rotary here in beautiful Salmon Arm! I hope you got to cool down in our lake before facing the rise into the Rockies! I look forward to following your adventures. Joy on your journey!

  4. Couldn’t sleep so read your blog and watched the videos. Jealous of your adventure but not of your aching muscles etc. Keep going! Can’t wait to read/watch more along the way.
    Darian x

  5. Grand effort from both of you. I myself have towed a ShelterBox to two of our Rotary Conferences, certainly create an interest.
    Best of luck and lots of tailwinds.

  6. Hi Guys, Cant wait till you get to good old OZ. I am starting on your PR for your trip down under.
    Will be getting schools and Scouts to ride with you along the way and meeting people who matter.
    Good Luck, will be keeping in touch.
    Greville. Director ShelterBox Australia. Brisbane.

  7. I am always humbled by the efforts of good people like yourselves to give back and do some good for others. This is what Shelterbox is all about. Having riden some long distances myself I am a little jealous of the trip you guys are on – both challenging and aventurous. Good luck and safe journey

  8. Only one month to go!! Keep up the great work and I hope to see you at the other end! 😉

  9. Great work. Delighted you visited Rotary Club Dublin Viking. We support ShelterBox and you inspired us to go for another collection/display on Grafton Street Dublin

  10. Great job Huw & Carolyn…..not only the ride but all the talks and keeping up the blog. Fun to watch your progress! You’ve done an amazing job spreading the word about ShelterBox. All the best for your final weeks! Whaahooo! ox

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