I am Matthew Moran, 56, from Stoke Gifford. I am heading for San Francisco on the 1st April 2018, where I will begin my three and a half month cycling trip across the United States to New York.
After Fresno, I will conquer the aptly named ‘Death Valley’ en route to Las Vegas.
Once I have enjoyed the sights of Las Vegas, I will visit the Grand Canyon before slowly continuing on to the city of Denver through ‘Monument Valley’. After Denver, I will head South East towards Memphis passing through Kansas, on arrival in Memphis I will be able to take in all the Mississippi river has to offer.
Another slight detour will see me head predominantly north as I aim for Chicago, before heading East towards Washington D.C via yet more famous cities such as Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
The final stretch of the long slog will head North East towards my final
destination of New York, by the 26th June I will have the strongest legs in all of the United States.
I have previously undertaken fundraising cycling trips for the Royal British Legion, having cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats with my son in 2011, and more recently cycling the length of New Zealand in 2016 with both of my sons.I have always had the idea of cycling across the states firmly placed in my mind.
My affinity with the Legion comes primarily as a result of the work that the Legion did for his father in law, David Griffiths. David was suffering with lung fibrosis when the Legion gave support to David through numerous incentives such as get away breaks and supplying David with a mobility scooter. These gestures were the main reason why I
decided to begin fundraising for the Royal British Legion.