Becoming a paraplegic at the age of 21 shattered not only my spine, but also my youthful enthusiasm as an avid sportsman. What I hadn't realised at the time, was that being confined to a wheelchair would afford me new and in some ways, more exciting, opportunities to test my physical endurance through a range of sporting activities.
As such, I got involved in triathlons, marathons and (single skull) rowing. This led me to undertake more endurance related endeavours to test myself. It turned out that I was showing others that anything is possible, especially for the disabled. I learnt to scuba dive, participated in long distance ocean rowing, IronMan races and long distance hand biking events for fun and charity.
Last year I decided that I would try to do something to test my abilities even more. I also wanted to use these activities to try and inspire others, while also fund raising for different charities. In 2019 I did 'Krakin'thru China' which saw a team of us, able and disabled riders, take 37 days to bike 2,315.17km from Beijing to Mohe, the border town near Russia. In 2020, Kashgar to Karachi is my goal.
The Kashgar to Karachi hand biking expedition will make use of the China National / Karakorum Highways to cross countries, but will extend further on both sides, beginning in Kashgar in north western China and ending in Karachi, on the southern coast of Pakistan. This is a journey of approximately 3,000 km and we will also pass through other Pakistani cities including Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Lahore, Multan, Sukkur and Hyderabad.
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