John and Brigid Rynne are proud to announce that this motorcycle ride will raise money for two charities whose aims are to provide counseling and support to children and young people suffering from a variety of mental health issues and who may be at risk of suicide. The two charities are:
The William Winder Rainbow Foundation, a charity based Co. Clare, Ireland. Set up in memory of a local teenager, by his parents.
Young Minds, the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people.
In April 2015, we will start a motorcycle ride from Inagh in County Clare, Ireland, to Shanghai in China and back – a round-trip distance of approximately 18,000 miles or 29,000km! We will ride through the UK and western Europe into Russia, then into Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, back into Kazakhstan and Russia, then across Mongolia and, paperwork permitting, into China! Inagh is our home town, and “Inagh to China” has nice ring to it as the two place names rhyme (in case you were wondering).
Our return route will take us back into Mongolia, then north to Ulan Ude in Russia, where we will pick up the Trans-Siberian Highway and head westwards via Moscow, the Ukraine (Kiev and L’Viv), Poland, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, the UK and, finally, home to County Clare in Ireland. The whole trip should take approximately four months.
As if we won’t have enough excitements, we hope to introduce an element of the unexpected by engaging local Irish schoolchildren to set us some extra challenges en route. There will be two age groups involved. The primary schoolchildren will, on average, be 10 years old, while the pupils at the secondary school will be in their Transition Year, having just finished their Junior Certificate (approximately equivalent to the UK’s GCSE). At 17 years old, it is usual for Transition Year students in Ireland to take driving lessons. Gaining a licence gives young people true independence for the first time, and it is this broadening of horizons that we feel will make this next generation of drivers especially predisposed to the ideas of travel, adventure and, for some, motorcycling.
We feel sure that the kids will come up with some worthy and/or amusing ideas for us. These, we hope, will provide not only a few great photo opportunities, but also the chance for some impromptu interaction with local people.
There will also be the opportunity for some of the Transition Year students to become our support team. What this role will entail will largely depend on the skill set of the students but could possibly include such things as maintaining and updating our website and Facebook page, dealing with routine enquiries, liaising with local Press, and managing ad hoc logistical issues for the riders.
Read about our successful 2011 Moscow to Moscow motorcycle ride at www.offonaweeride.com.