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Zooming around Europe for kids

By Messenger Staff
Wednesday, June 30
On Sunday 27th June two French bikers arrived in Tbilisi as part of a two-month trip around Central Asia. Riding old Russian Ural sidecar bikes Charles de Guerry and Florent Beluche are riding 14,000 km in order to raise Euro14,000 for orphanages in Almaty and Ulaan Baatar. They have "sold" each kilometre of their trip at a price of Euro1 for 1km and raised Euro28,000 in this way so far, thus exceeding their initial target.

The Russian bikes were supposed to be indestructible, but 30km outside Moscow they had their first breakdown! Charles and Florent also struggled to reach Georgia as Russian customs officers did not want to let them go directly to Georgia. They had to improvise and take a boat to Trabzon and then ride to Batumi.

"We have been impressed by the beauty of the country and the extreme kindness of Georgian people", say the pair. Next steps include Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Mongolia.