Hitchhiking to Prague a struggle but worth it
9:30am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in NW
TWO university graduates who hitchhiked to Prague with just £15 each in their pockets have raised more than £2,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
It took Danny Myers and Jack Kenny, both aged 21, six days to hitch lifts to the Czech Republic capital, relying on strangers for food, transport and places to stay.
Jack, of Elmridge in Leigh, said: “It was a real struggle at times, but at others it was really good. We posted a lot on Twitter throughout the hike but everyone only got to see the funny or good times, not the times we had been stood on the side of the road for five hours in 30 degree heat with no water and just nobody stopping for us.”
They hitchhiked to Calais before crossing to France and through Belgium to Prague where they stayed for two days before flying home.
Jack said: “We had some interesting experiences with the people who gave us lifts, one guy in Belgium was just drinking beer for the whole hour we were in the car which was pretty scary. Generally everyone was really nice and chatty though, except the ones who couldn’t speak English and then it was mainly awkward silences.
“We spent the £15 we had each quite quickly. We slept rough in Calais, just in a ditch on the side of the road, so once we got to Belgium we spent most of it on one night in a hotel because I wanted a shower.”
Danny, of Walmsley Road, has now started a new job in Leeds while Jack has continued his studies in the hope of becoming a teacher.
Jack said: “I would definitely do something like it again and I would recommend it to others. We just want to thank everyone who sponsored us and all of our Twitter followers.”
• If you would like to donate, visit www.justgiving.com/jack-kenny.
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