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Hampshire man cycling around the world stuck in lockdown in Argentina

Christmas Day 2019 - Craig Buckland

A man from Odiham in Hampshire has found himself stuck in lockdown in Argentina mid-way through his charity cycle ride around the world.

Craig Buckland, who's 34, left his home in September 2018 to set off on a bicycle ride around the world.

Since then he's completed over 22,000km through 31 countries to fundraise for two chosen charities.

Craig set off from Dover with nothing but his bike and the bare essentials in some well-stuffed bike bags.

He travelled from the UK through Europe to Athens, before riding the length of the African continent: Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namimbia, all the way down to Cape Town, South Africa.

Craig having cycled all the way from the UK to Cape Town in South Africa

Craig told us about some of the highlights and lowlights of his journey so far:

Craig didn't take on this challenge though just for the personal experience, but to raise money for two UK biking charities who work to improve the lives of people both here and in Africa.

He told us a little about the two charities he's raising money for and what they do:

Lindsay Hurrell, who's the Fundraising and Marketing Manager at Re-Cycle, said: "We are extremely grateful for the support that Craig Buckland is giving to Re-Cycle.

"He has so far had an amazing adventure and challenge, which is quite something.

"We hope that he will soon be able to continue on his journey once he is out of the Covid-19 lockdown in Argentina.

"We are always overwhelmed by the support that we receive from individuals like Craig, so if you can spare a few pennies and help him raise even more money we know he would be really grateful."

Rachel Wignell, who's the Fundraising Manager at Cyclists Fighting Cancer, said: "Craig really understands what we do here at Cyclists Fighting Cancer and supporting us while riding his bike on his epic adventure is absolutely fantastic and we can't thank him enough!

"Like many charities the current situation has affected us severely and we currently have 150 outstanding bike applications for children with cancer, so Craig's fundraising has come at a really crucial time.

"We wish him a safe journey when he is able to continue on his challenge and we look forward to following the rest of his adventures."

If you'd like to make a donation to Craig's challenge, you can do so here.

Following the completion of the first stage of the trip from Dover to Cape Town, Craig has now found himself in South America with an intention to cycle all the way up to Alaska.

The whole journey came to an abrupt halt when Covid-19 hit and Craig is currently waiting out a national lockdown in Argentina.

He was making his way through Patagonia, in both Chile and Argentina, when the Argentinian government put the nation into a compulsory quarantine.

Despite many other travellers quickly deciding to leave and get home, Craig decided early on that he would remain in Argentina in the hope that he'll be able to continue his journey in the near future - the wait continues but he tells us he remains optimistic.

Craig sent us this video from Argentina explaining a bit about what lockdown is like there at the moment:

As of the 20th May 2020, Craig has completed 22,350km (over half the circumferance of the earth), ridden through 31 countries, spent 623 days on the road, and climbed 187,000 metres which is equivalent to 21 summits of Mt. Everest.

If you're interested in following Craig's onward journey you can do so here.

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