A RETIRED engineer from Wirral is about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.
Ade Longshaw-Parr, of Bromborough, will be driving 10,000km through 10 countries as part of the Mongolian Rally.
Every year hundreds of people take part in the rally which begins in England and passes through France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Russia along the way.
Mr Longshaw-Parr, 61, will be setting off in July from West Sussex with friends Andrew Poynter and Paul Alwani, collectively known as Team Phoenix.
The journey is expected to take between four and six weeks and will see Team Phoenix travelling through sleeply European suburbs and harsh desert terrain.
Mr Longhsaw-Parr said he agreed to the trip over a few bottles of wine with his friend Andrew.
He said: “I woke up the next day thinking ‘oh no, what have I agreed to?’, but my wife Lin pushed me into it and I’m glad.
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
“I have always been a very active person since I was young.
“A few years ago Lin made a ‘things to do before you die list’ and so far we have travelled Europe, been scuba diving and walked across Madeira.”
The adventure will raise money for St John’s Hospice, in Bebington.
A spokesman for the hospice said: “We have to raise £2m from voluntary sources so activities like Ade’s will greatly benefit us.”
To donate visit Team Phoenix’s website at www.team-phoenix.co.uk/charities