A MOTORCYCLE enthusiast rode 3,700 miles in 10 days across Morocco to raise money for an African charity.
Jim Wood, 37, who lives in Sydenham, rode from Spain, across the straits of Gibraltar and over the Moroccan mountains to the Sahara Desert.
“We went over three sets of mountains and at the highest point we were at 2,940 metres.
“Then we dropped down to the desert and carried on until the roads ran out. We couldn’t carry on too far in the sand.
“The idea was to go to two places where the tarmac ended.
“We went on a similar trip last year and the temperature got up to 48 degrees. It was so hot that my companion’s engine packed up.
“This year it was slightly cooler at about 40 degrees.”
Jim undertook his great adventure with his old friend Ashley Charlwood, who he has known since their days together at Southampton University.
“We chose Morocco because it is a fantastic and beautiful country.
“It is well known for being a brilliant place to take a motorcycle.
“The people are really kind and sociable.
“I felt much safer leaving my motorbike on its own there than I ever would at home.
“We spent 10 days in Morocco and about three days either end.”
Jim is raising money for Kibera in Need, a charity for the disadvantaged living in Nairobi, Kenya, that supports more than 200 vulnerable children and Aids victims. The charity focus on providing education, training, and food.
“I saw a programme on the TV about the charity and what some of the people have to live through and it really struck a chord with me.
“I’d love to go again next year but I’ve been two years running now and it depends on what the wife says.
Jim’s company, Motability Operations, have kindly offered to match whatever he raises.
Every penny donated goes towards the charity with none of it going towards Jim’s expenses.
Visit Jim’s Just Giving page to donate.