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Clueless Travellers: Scottish cyclists on cancer charity ride in Nagaland

By Our Correspondent Updated: Sep 25, 2019 12:17 am
Scottish cyclists Joe Stachan and Mark Kennedy, known as the ‘Clueless Travellers’, before leaving Kohima on Tuesday. (EM Images)

Our Correspondent

Kohima, Sep. 24 (EMN): Two Scottish cyclists known as the ‘Clueless Travellers’, who are on an adventure challenge to cycle over 18,500 miles across 30 different countries, reached Kohima on September 23 evening.

The duo, Joe Stachan and Mark Kennedy, shared that they are currently on their round-the-world charity bicycle ride for ‘Children with Cancer and Leukaemia Advice and Support for Parents’, a non-profit Edinburgh-based charity to support families in need.

They said that the challenge began on May 26, at Edinburg where they started rolling down the Royal Mile and headed for Newcastle to catch a ferry to the Netherlands and the European countries. India is the seventeenth country they have reached among the Asia-Himalayan countries, they said. The pair expressed that they are feeling good both mentally and physically.

According to Mark, it was Joe’s idea to take up this challenge and added that despite the duo not having previous experiences, they have quickly adapted to the ‘cycle touring’ life. They also shared that they work as quantity surveyors and with their savings, they are on this tour unassisted, carrying all the necessary kit.

They said that their daily challenges often involve finding a safe place to pitch their tents, overcoming language barriers with non-English speaking people, washing clothes, minor bike repairs and sourcing good food and clean water.

On Tuesday morning, the pair left for their next destination, which is Myanmar via Imphal Road to proceed through Moreh.  Joe said: “We never actually know where we are going but we know which country we are going.”

“Everyone is being helpful and are willing to help,” Joe said and added that the “people of Nagaland are very friendly and willing to help.”

It may be mentioned that they have also set up their own website where those who wish to donate for children with cancer and leukaemia can do so via the ‘Just Giving’ page of their website. Those accessing the website will also be able to track the progress via the live map updates with coordinates being sent every 30 minutes. Visitors to the site can also enjoy the regular photo and video updates capturing their journey as it unfolds.

By Our Correspondent Updated: Sep 25, 2019 12:17:05 am