Pensioner sets off solo on 20,000 mile motorbike mission in aid of Hospiscare

PUBLISHED: 16:04 18 June 2018 | UPDATED: 16:04 18 June 2018

Phil Corcos on the bike he will ride from Anchorage to Ushuaia. Picture by Hospiscare Exmouth and Lympstone.

Phil Corcos on the bike he will ride from Anchorage to Ushuaia. Picture by Hospiscare Exmouth and Lympstone.

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An intrepid Exmouth pensioner has set off on a solo motorbike mission across America to challenge stereotypes and raise money for charity.

On Monday, June 11, 67 year-old Phil Corcos, embarked on an epic journey – riding his motorbike from Anchorage, in Canada, to Tierra del Fuego, in Argentina.

By the time he ships his bike home from Buenos Aires, in a few months’ time, he will have ridden 20,000 miles.

Phil, who is married with three grown up children, wants to challenge assumptions about what older people can do.

He said: “People often think of pensioners as living a pretty quiet life. I hope my trip is an example of something different. You are never too old to do something new, to explore the world.”

His travels will take him through Alaska, Canada, Monterey and some of the famous national parks of the USA.

He will also visit many ‘bucket list’ sites, such as Mayan ruins in Mexico, the Panama Canal and in South America, Machu Picchu and the Andes Mountains.

There will be no fixed itinerary, no major highways and no luxury hotels. Indeed the trip will not be without danger; but Phil says it’s important to maintain perspective.

He said: “If you think about the fears too much you would probably never go – bandits, drug dealers, falling off the motorbike. But you have got to take each day at a time; I am probably a bit of a risk taker, but I am not reckless.”

The 27kg of luggage Phil will be carrying on the bike, including camping equipment, will allow him to live basically, but independently.

Phil is certainly not new to travel; a retired technical college director, he has spent time living in Africa and the Middle East.

He also once rode a motorbike from Dubai to the UK in 13 days and on another occasion from England to Kenya.

Phil decided to support Hospiscare South West, after being ‘inspired and impressed’ by the efforts of a group of local fundraisers.

He said: “Hospiscare South West for Lympstone and Exmouth do a wonderful job, providing care for people with terminal illnesses. They provide comfort and stability for people in their last weeks of life.”

Phil has so far raised £405 towards his £10,000 target. To make a donation visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PhilipCorcos

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