LAD Hoping To Become Youngest To Circumnavigate Globe On Motorbike
One LAD is hoping to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe on a motorcycle as he sets off on his journey from London today.
Henry Crew is planning on visiting 35 countries in six continents and reckons it'll take him around 13 months to complete.
He'll travel from the UK and head east through Western Europe, then into Russia, Central Asia, South East Asia and Australia. This is followed by a flight to Chile before heading up through South, Central and North America, with the last leg starting in Morocco, then going through Spain, France and finally across the ditch to return to the UK.
The 22-year-old will not only nab the Guinness World Record once he completes the trip, but he's also hoping to raise funds for the Movember Foundation and awareness for men's mental health. His aim is to reach a target of £35,000, which would be £1 for every mile driven.
The young LAD has lost three friends to suicide and has battled his own inner demons in the past.
When he was struggling with depression, he found an interest in motorbike riding and decided to focus as much attention towards the hobby as possible.
He tells LADbible: "I've had issues with my mental health since I was about 14, and when I was at university it really came to a head because I don't cope well with stress. Within my friendship circle it's really common to have self-harm and depression."
"Having that experience and then finding something like motorcycle riding... it's not going to be for everybody but there will be something for everyone.
"For me it was just about forcing myself to do something and having a distraction to take me out of the situation that was making me depressed and affecting my mental health. I still have days where I wake up and feel absolutely terrible for no reason at all.
Henry likes the idea that motorcycle riding is really accessible and whenever he's having a tough day he can get on the bike and clear his head. In preparation for his trip he learned the ins and outs of his Scrambler Ducati bike.
The Brit says while he'll be meeting up with a few people on the way, the majority of the trip will be done solo. While that might seem a bit daunting, he's looking forward to seeing parts of the world that most people don't get to see.
"The visas are ridiculous," Henry says. "I've never had to apply for a visa before so it's a bit of a shock to the system and the amount of paperwork is ridiculous."
He admits that he's nervous about the unexpected things that could pop up at any time, but he's knows he's doing the trip for all the right reasons.
Movember Foundation CEO Owen Sharp said: "We are incredibly honoured, excited and humbled that Henry is taking on this momentous adventure for Movember. In the UK men are dying four years earlier than women, and on average 12 men a day lose their lives to suicide.
"The figures are shocking and more needs to be done. This challenge will help to raise much-needed funds to help us stop men dying too young."
You can track Henry's progress here.
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