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North-east biker talks of doubts over challenge as he travels US

Gordon Cruden is in the US.
Gordon Cruden is in the US.

A north-east biker who is striving to visit as many US states as possible in an attempt to amass vital funds for charity has spoken of the difficulties confronting him on the journey.

Gordon Cruden, from Fraserburgh, is raising money for addiction recovery organisation, Teen Challenge North East Scotland, and set off on his 15,000 journey on Saturday.

The biker, who is also the area manager of the charity, hopes to be able to complete the challenge in 30 days.

But since beginning his trek, he has spoken of “doubt” that has crept into his mind.

Problems so far have included difficulty in getting enough rest.

Last night, he updated his followers on day three of the trip.

He said: “I’ve slept OK, but I’ve woken early. I’m in Pennsylvania at the moment. From here, I cross state line into New York state – not to be confused with New York City – then onto Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

“I am aiming for eight states and 513 miles. It’s probably a bit much, but you’ve got to aim for something. ”

Along the way, Mr Cruden has been teaming up with local bikers who have helped feed and supply him for the challenge.

It has also led to ingenious efforts to prevent him being afflicted by one of the major risks he faces – sunburn.

After realising that the sleeves on his sweatshirt were being blown up during the ride, he decided to tape the garment to his forearm.

He added: “I am giving it my best shot. I am no athlete, but I am determined.”

The money raised by Mr Cruden will go towards a drive to purchase Benaiah – a home near Mintlaw where women and their children can recover while they complete the Teen Challenge programme.

His impressive efforts have already raised £270,000 for the campaign – more than 50% of the target £535,000.

As well as Benaiah, Teen Challenge North East Scotland also operates a men’s residential centre, Sunnybrae, near Fyvie.

At both centres, residents undertake the faith-based Teen Challenge programme.

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