Stifling heat and pothole strewn roads mean travelling through Vietnam and Cambodia is no mean feat, but doing it by bicycle is another matter altogether.
That is precisely the task Glenn Liversidge, from Haverhill, and Andy Jeffreys, from Hundon, have set themselves as they look to raise funds for two causes close to their hearts.
The duo are preparing to cycle 300-miles from Ho Chi Minh City to Angkor Wat, with Glenn fundraising for Beating Bowel Cancer and Andy for The Brain Tumor Charity.
“I’m doing this for my dad who died from bowel cancer at 59 in 1995 and Andy lost his mum and grandad to brain tumors,” said Glenn, who lives on the Parkway Estate.
“This is something close to our hearts and we want to raise awareness.”
The friends have been toying with various fundraising ideas for years but finally settled on their Asian inspired challenge.
“The last time I was on a bike was when I was at school, but Vietnam and Cambodia is somewhere we have both always wanted to go,” said Glenn, 44, a UPS delivery driver operating mainly in the Bury St Edmunds area.
“Now is the right time to do it and I’m hoping we will be able to see a lot more of the countryside and culture on a bike.”
To make the trip - which will include seeing the Cu Cui Tunnels from the Vietnam War and the Khmer Killing Fields - become reality the pair must raise £3,450 each.
They must also prepare their bodies for the gruelling prospect of cycling 300 miles in nine days in temperatures regularly topping 30 degrees.
“We are down the gym three times a week and now the nights are getting lighter training is going better,” said Glenn.
The cycle starts on October 1. To help the pair’s fundraising go to justgiving.com/GlennLiversidge.