Admittedly just small article in our local paper, but for me, still good enough to celebrate
We had our photos taken and Matt undertook a telephone interview just shortly before we left last week, and it came out in the paper today.
You can view the article here, or I’ve pasted it below!
Toddler in tow on Flintshire family’s adventure
Published by: Helen Davies
A FAMILY have left their jobs to embark on an adventure of a lifetime, taking their toddler with them.
Matt Coughlan and his fiancé Becki Hall, along with their two-year-old son Theo, boarded a plane on Saturday morning to take them to Canada.
From Calgary in Canada they plan to cycle to Matt’s brother’s house in San Francisco, towing little Theo behind them in a trailer bike.
“We always wanted to go travelling and it came to the point where we thought when Theo’s three we’ll need to start finding a school for him so we thought we’d go now,” said Matt, 27.
Matt has left his job at Moneysupermarket.com in Ewloe and Becki, 24, hers as a breast-feeding support worker in Liverpool.
“There’s mixed opinions, some people think it’s crazy and some people say just go for it,” said Matt, from Flint.
“I think it will be quite difficult. We have done some training but probably should have done more.
“We’re hoping to cover 35 miles a day, we’re going to have plenty of breaks because Theo is so small.”
The family have taken a tent with them and signed up to a website called Warm Showers, an organisation for cyclists which puts them in touch with hosts who will let them camp in their garden and use their shower.
“We’re trying to keep it as cheap as possible,” said Matt. “We’re planning to be away about five months.”
Matt and Becki met through the skydiving club at the University of Liverpool.
“We’re both a bit extreme and a bit crazy,” said Matt. “I’ve always really liked cycling and went to work on my bike.
The family are planning to reach San Francisco by Independence Day to spend it with Matt’s brother and his wife.
When they return back to the UK Matt and Becki plan to find jobs and move back to Flintshire.
Here’s hoping this isn’t our last appearance in the news!