Photo courtesy of Peter Loewen

Anyone else have that cousin or distant family member who’s always doing incredible, intimidating, admirable stuff?

Like, say, riding a motorcycle from Cairo to Cape Town for charity?

Meet my cousin Sam, and his friend Peter. This summer they’ll be doing just that, and blogging about it all the way.

The blog is already up and running, filled with details about bike maintenance and preparation, photos from their past long-distance rides through Quebec and Labrador, route planning, and more.

I may be a little biased, but I find it fascinating.

The goal is to raise $50,000 for Spread the Net, a charity that aims to tackle malaria by a simple, affordable method: providing at-risk children in sub-Saharan Africa’s malarial zones with an insecticide-treated mosquito net. $10 buys one net, and Sam and Peter have raised close to $20,000 already – that’s a lot of nets!

So swing by the blog, check it out, and keep it in mind over the coming months – it should be a great adventure to follow along with.

ps: This trip’s been in the works since before Ewan McGregor did it. I’m just sayin’.