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    Fundraising: Look for any USMC cyclists

    First up, a big hello to our brothers across the pond!


    I'm a British Royal Marine currently working on a plan to raise funds for injured Marines.


    The basic breakdown is this: Next summer I want to cycle across the US following a similar route to the Race Across America event.

    I'll be raising funds for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund who help look after injured Marines and their families (amongst other things).


    Here's where I'd like one of you lads to come in. Next year is the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines and I think it would be great to do this ride with a member of the USMC, each of us raising funds for our charity of choice.


    I'm not a professional cyclist by any means - I've only started road cycling last year so you don't need a Tour de France level of cycling ability. The average distance we'd be looking to cover per day is around 120 miles (depending on terrain and weather).


    Now logistically I know this is a fairly large endeavor and I'm still working out the plan (routes, itineraries, kit, transport etc) but wanted to gauge the level of interest.

    I've contacted the RMCTF who are very keen on the idea and I've just sent an email to the Wounded Warrior Project who I have heard do some outstanding work over in the US.

    The US charity would very much be the choice of the USMC rider as I'd consider it their decision but the WWP is a suggestion.

    If anyone in particular would be keen on this or knows anyone who is please don't hesitate to give me a shout.

    Cheers for your time.


    Per Mare, Per Terram

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    What a Great idea and cause.

    Huge undertaking but I will do my best for you to help get the word out.

    Best of luck.



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    I've sorted out a draft of the route. It follows the 2013 RAAM route, each leg is roughly 100 miles so the ride will take in total around a month.


    Marines Cycle Across America - Route


    Day 1 - Oceanside, CA to Ocotillo, CA
    Mile 0 to mile 107
    Distance: 107 miles

    Day 2 – Ocotillo, CA to Blythe, CA
    Mile 107 to mile 235
    Distance: 128 miles

    Day 3 – Blythe, CA to Salome, AZ
    Mile 235 to mile 342
    Distance: 107 miles

    Day 4 – Salome, AZ to Prescott AZ
    Mile 342 to mile 439
    Distance: 97 miles

    Day 5 – Prescott, AZ to Sedona, AZ
    Mile 439 to mile 500
    Distance: 61 miles

    Day 6 – Sedona, AZ to Tuba City, AZ
    Mile 500 to mile 609
    Distance: 109 miles

    Day 7 – Tuba City, AZ to Mexican Hat, UT
    Mile 609 to mile 725
    Distance: 116 miles

    Day 8 – Mexican Hat, UT to Cortez, CO
    Mile 725 to mile 813
    Distance: 88 miles

    Day 9 – Cortez, CO to Pagosa Springs, CO
    Mile 813 to mile 917
    Distance: 104

    Day 10 – Pagosa Springs, CO to Alamosa, CO
    Mile 917 to mile 1007
    Distance: 90 miles

    Day 11 – Alamosa, CO to Trinidad, CO
    Mile 1007 to mile 1132
    Distance: 125 miles

    Day 12 – Trinidad, CO to Pritchett, CO
    Mile 1132 to mile 1233
    Distance: 101 miles

    Day 13 – Pritchett, CO to Johnson City, KS
    Mile 1233 to mile 1304
    Distance: 71 miles

    Day 14 – Johnson City, KS to Dodge City, KS
    Mile 1304 to mile 1405
    Distance: 101 miles

    Day 15 – Dodge City, KS to Kingman, KS
    Mile 1405 to mile 1507
    Distance: 102

    Day 16 – Kingman, KS to Eureka, KS
    Mile 1507 to mile 1618
    Distance: 111 miles

    Day 17 – Eureka, KS to Fort Scott, KS
    Mile 1618 to mile 1709
    Distance: 91 miles

    Day 18 – Fort Scott, KS to Macks Creek, MO
    Mile 1709 to mile 1811
    Distance: 102 miles

    Day 19 – Macks Creek, MO to Mokane, MO
    Mile 1811 to mile 1903
    Distance: 92 miles

    Day 20 – Mokane, MO to St Charles, MO
    Mile 1903 to mile 2009
    Distance: 106 miles

    Day 21 – St Charles, MO to St Elmo, IL
    Mile 2009 to mile 2107
    Distance: 98 miles

    Day 22 – St Elmo, IL to Sullivan, IN
    Mile 2107 to mile 2200
    Distance: 93 miles

    Day 23 – Sullivan, IN to Columbus, IN
    Mile 2200 to mile 2302
    Distance: 102 miles

    Day 24 – Columbus, IN to Middletown, OH
    Mile 2302 to mile 2400
    Distance: 98 miles

    Day 25 – Middletown, OH to Londonderry, OH
    Mile 2400 to mile 2498
    Distance: 98 miles

    Day 26 – Londonderry, OH to Ellenboro, WV
    Mile 2498 to mile 2614
    Distance: 116 miles

    Day 27 – Ellenboro, WV to Aurora, WV
    Mile 2614 to mile 2710
    Distance: 96 miles

    Day 28 – Aurora, WV to Hancock, MD
    Mile 2710 to mile 2813
    Distance: 103 miles

    Day 29 – Hancock, MD to Hanover, PA
    Mile 2813 to mile 2900
    Distance: 87 miles

    Day 30 – Hanover, PA to Annapolis, MD
    Mile 2900 to mile 2994
    Distance: 94 miles

    Total distance: 2994 miles (if I don't get lost).
    There's no way I'm not doing 6 miles to round that off at the end!


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    man that sounds great and Cheers back to ya Brother, I would love to do it, but my body, now, says "it isn't happening",,,lol,,, but i hope you get someone to go with you,,

    It's the old thing,, the spirit is young but the body is old..

    The Proud, The Few, The Constitutional Marine

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    Quote Originally Posted by irpat54 View Post
    man that sounds great and Cheers back to ya Brother, I would love to do it, but my body, now, says "it isn't happening",,,lol,,, but i hope you get someone to go with you,,

    It's the old thing,, the spirit is young but the body is old..
    Cheers for that mate, the search continues. I have had some interest and getting some contacts sorted out over this side with people who have been on exchanges so I've no doubt someone will come up.

    As an aside - has anyone had anything to do with the Semper Fi Fund? They look like a good charity to raise funds for but just wondering if anyone has any experience with them.

    http://semperfifund.org/


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    This forum is a partner with the Semper Fi Fund.
    It is at the top of the page along with others.



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    RMBootneck! My friend is a veteran's affairs counselor. I will pass this on to him.
    Semper Fi,
    Eric


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