Jason Manning is going on a bike ride.
A really, really long one.
In February 2014, the 23-year-old Langley resident is riding his bike from Japan all the way back to Vancouver, raising money for Water For People along the way.
"I'm going on this trip because I want to ride," Manning, who has been biking for years and used to race, told The Huffington Post B.C. "I'm definitely nervous for many reasons, but I'm excited."
Water For People was an easy charity choice for the avid traveller, because he says water is "the most basic of human needs." He listens to Finnish and Swedish metal when riding because it helps pump him up.
Manning estimates that the journey, which amounts to approximately 30,000 kilometres, will take him about a year to complete. He hopes to raise $1 for every kilometre he rides—that's $30,000.
It's a daunting task, to be sure, but Manning is confident that he will succeed.
"As you expand on what you think you can do it just becomes bigger, and bigger, and bigger," he says. "If you try not to set limits on yourself then what you can do is almost limitless."
Supporters can find out more (including his specific route; and no, he won't be biking across an ocean) from his promo video, donate to his CrowdRise page, and follow his journey on Facebook and Twitter.
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