09:02AM, Monday 29 April 2013
A father and son from Littlewick Green are pumping their tyres and packing their tents as they prepare for 'the longest school run' on a 12,000 mile road trip from Berkshire to Canada.
Edward Durgan and his father Graham will be sharing the driving from their home in Jubilee Road on Monday, May 6 to McGill University in Montreal where the 19-year-old will begin studying political science in September.
The three and a half month journey, which Graham and Edward are using as a way to raise money for Macmillan Cancer, will take them from Europe and through Scandinavia before crossing Russia, Kazakhstan, back through Russia again before reaching Mongolia and China.
After catching a cargo ship from Tianjin to Los Angeles, they will journey across the United States before crossing the Canadian border and making their way to Montreal.
Edward, who says his mother Jane thinks the pair are 'bonkers', is most looking forward to learning more about the Nomad lifestyle in Mongolia and seeing the world's largest freshwater lake in Siberia.
Edward, who left Millfield School in Somerset last year, and 56-year-old Graham will be completing the epic journey in an 11-year-old Toyota Land Cruiser.
He said: "Neither Dad or I know how to fix a car so if we break down in the Gobi desert then I guess we'll just sit down, have a cup of tea and hope a nice Mongolian can help us out."
At the end of each day the pair will some spend time apart as they have decided to sleep in separate tents.
"I decided to go with Dad because if I went with a friend then there'd be a high chance we'd fall out and possibly never speak to each other again - that can't really happen with Dad."
Graham, who is a self-employed businessman, hasn't been camping since 1975.
Follow their adventure at www.thelongestschoolrun.com and www.justgiving.com/thelongestschoolrun to sponsor them.
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