Gordon raises the stakes on challenge

Gordon Cruden will take on the mammoth challenge this summer
Gordon Cruden will take on the mammoth challenge this summer

A charity campaigner from Meldrum has raised the stakes on a major motorbike challenge he is planning this summer.

Gordon Cruden, area manager of addiction recovery charity Teen Challenge North East Scotland, announced earlier in the year that he will tackle the American Motorbike Challenge 2016 this summer.

The initiative was set to see Gordon visit 48 States by motorbike in 30 days.

However, after re-thinking his plans, Gordon has massively expanded the challenge by 7,000 miles to include the States of Alaska and Hawaii.

Now, he will ride an additional 2,000 miles, including a section through through Canada, to make it to Hyder in Alaska.

He will also fly a 5,000-mile round-trip from Los Angeles on mainland USA to Honolulu, Hawaii, after a sponsor pledged to cover the travel expenses involved.

He will still kick-start the challenge in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on Saturday, June 18, finishing in Chicago, Illinois, on Sunday, July 17.

Gordon’s trip across the States will see him take in the likes of Massachusetts, New York, Florida, California and Texas along the way.

Gordon will use the initiative to raise awareness of the importance of residential support for those struggling with substance misuse, visiting various US residential centres throughout his epic travels.

He said: “When we were initially planning the American Motorbike Challenge, we just did not think it was even possible to make it to Alaska and Hawaii.

“However, after some tweaking, we’ve been able to devise a route that can incorporate both.

“This though makes a huge difference to the risk and the possibility of actually completing the challenge within the target 30 days.

“Of course we will also raise cash for our Buy Benaiah campaign.”

Gordon added: “We’re delighted to have reached 50% of our target total and hope this challenge will take us another step closer to buying the recovery home.”