Income – Or How To Finance A Cycle Tour
A major source of income for this adventure has come from taking part in clinical drug studies. These have been with Quotient Clinical at their facility in Ruddington. I have now completed two such studies and highly recommend participating to those who are considering doing so. Have a look at what studies are currently available HERE
What might surprise you is that, In order to secure the needed income I have attended multiple screenings for studies that I was unable to participate in. So many that, at one point, I was close to giving up. Four months ago I was finally accepted onto one of the studies, only to be rejected when one of my readings was out of range.
The criteria are very stringent. In addition to requiring that I hadn’t smoked, taken alcohol or “Drugs Of Abuse”, it is also forbidden to eat or drink certain foodstuffs. For example: Tea, coffee, chocolate, poppy seeds, grapefruit, cranberry and Seville oranges. Furthermore, a raft of measurements are observed by monitoring ECG, vital signs, breath, urine and blood samples.
It can be something of an effort before getting invited to participate and even then, something can change between the initial screening visit and subsequent screenings, such as high or low blood pressure, or a high CK count, caused by unaccustomed exercise.
There are other things can happen to affect the progress of a study. In the last one I took part in the study drug itself was found to be defective and dosing could not proceed.
The obvious ramification for me was that an already delayed departure date (I had originally intended to set out at the end of April), is now delayed even further, so it now looks like I’ll depart during July.
Beset By Problems
Update 02/09/16 Since the time of writing I have encountered several more problems. These have conspired to delay me to the extent that, here we are in September and I still haven’t gone! However, I still intend to go just as soon as everything has been resolved.
While a little disappointed, I don’t see this as an unduly negative event, rather that I can use the extra time to better prepare and, when I do go, to have raised more money for subsistence when finally on the road.
This is a huge list which includes the custom-built bike and accessories. Then there is camping gear and clothing, electronics and communication, tracking and navigation, cooking, first-aid…. It goes on. The equipment list is HERE
Donate To MSF
Please support my efforts by following the link to my Just Giving campaign for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) which I hope will benefit from a very large sum because of my efforts to cycle to Iran. Please give generously HERE.