As a previous world bike rider once blogged, this is not for charity. This is for fun, personal challenge, pleasure and self-financed. I'm riding round the world because it's there, to paraphrase an early Everest mountaineer (hoping for a happier ending). I must do it while still in the prime of my youth (52) - before I grow up, or old. Let's face it: it's a six-month holiday riding my bike. I'm as fit and healthy as I will ever be and blessed with a supportive family and employer (possibly they cannot wait to see the back of me).
However, if this blog does inspire readers give some hard-earned folding stuff away, I'd like to direct it towards one of my favourite charities: RoadPeace, a small charity which looks after the bereaved and injured from road crashes and campaigns for safer streets. Road crashes kill 1.3m a year, more than malaria or TB; by 2030 they will kill more than HIV/AIDS*.
My trip is entirely self-financed, none of the money you kindly donate will come to me to pay for new tyres and beer etc. I'm using http://www.btplc.com/mydonate/ which passes on more of your money to my chosen charity than some of the better-known sites like justgiving and virgin - there can be quite a difference
* The Economist, Jan 25th 2014