A few weeks after returning home from the expedition I had a radio interview on the program Open House, on Hope 103.2 FM. During the interview I talked with Dwayne Jeffries about various highlights of my 43 000km journey, challenges faced along the way, as well as adjusting back to life off the saddle. The audio is played over many of my favorite images between Castleford on day one in England and Newtown on day seven hundred and ninety seven in Australia…
When I visited the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra I met Richard Callaghan and his science team, who are funded by Worldwide Cancer Research (formerly AICR). This footage is taken from the evening WIN NEWS CANBERRA, covering not only my expedition (and ride through the campus), but information on cancer research in Australia. Enjoy!
This video by the Australian National University (ANU) documents both my visit to the Canberra campus as well as the fantastic AICR funded research being conducted by Richard Callaghan and his team. Thankfully ANU’s staff are much better at video making than myself, so by watching the short video you will be able to see footage from the road while listening to both myself and Richard Callaghan. Enjoy!
In Canberra today I visited the ABC Studio to have an interview with Adam Shirley. It was my first ever live broadcast. I was accompanied by Richard Callaghan, who holds a current AICR science research grant and had earlier in the day cycled through ANU with me and showed me his laboratory. To find out more please press play!
I didn’t spend too much time on the bike whilst in Java and Bali. Instead, I visited international schools to promote AICR and focused on just resting up the legs before my ride through the Australian Outback. In Jakarta I stayed with a couple friends, Sego and JP (+flatmates Simon and Felix), who were happy to have me shack up with them for a few weeks. It was a fantastic time and a great opportunity to get an insight into the international school scene! Besides, the alternative would have been pedaling through the challenging traffic of Java. On my trip I’ve learned to listen to my body, and after 1400km in Sumatra it was time for a break… Continue Reading
I rode 1400km in Sumatra, between Riau and Lampung Provinces, and along the way encountered some of the most friendliest and hospitable people in the world. Most travellers only visit the north of the island, so I didn’t even see let alone meet another “boule!” In short, I had Sumatra to myself (I even met a middle aged woman who hadn’t even seen a foreigner before – so you could imagine what the children were like). The Sumatrans greatest passion in life is taking photographs, so I captured countless smiles on the camera as I made my was south towards Java.
So this post is a celebration of all the beautiful people I met on the island…
I always get a buzz when people describe what I’m doing as ‘inspirational’, or that I have in some way motivated them to jump on their bikes more often. The truth is, however, is that there is an increasing army of us that are exploring the globe on two wheels (we were almost falling over each other in Bukhara and Samarkand last month). In this regard my journey is in no way unique, and my chosen road has been ridden by countless other adventurers before me.
One of the main resources that inspired me while planning in England was Bicycle Traveler Magazine, the only magazine throughout the world devoted purely to cycle touring.
So this week I was stoked when one of my images appeared in the fifth issue. If you follow this link you can not only see which image was chosen, but also subscribe and download all issues of the mag for free! So have a read, strap a bag to the back of the bike, and ride out to explore…
Last week I was a guest speaker on Diktyo FM, a radio station in Crete, Greece. The show IX2 is all about cycling, and is run by the very active cycling community in Chania. The hostess “Godzilla” primed me with plenty of raki between the questions, keeping any nerves at bay! A lot of my words were translated for the non-English speaking listeners, and there was also plenty of extremely alternative music throughout the two hour program.
Well it happens to be Christmas Eve here in Rhodes, so I’ll take this opportunity to wish all my followers and supporters a very big Merry Xmas 🙂
Earlier this week I was sitting by the water’s edge on the pier in Sibenik; a lovely medieval city along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast. I had spent the morning exploring the cobbled lanes, snapping away happily with my camera while the bike lent precariously on my side. As I watched local fishermen and listened to the swell of the salty water, a tour group arrived and went absolutely mad with their cameras. They ran around in circles frantically capturing the moment for their digital or printed travel photo albums. Witnessing such horrible tourist pictures being taken, I began to reflect on how the camera has affected the way a tourist experiences a destination.
Within moments I was revisiting many theoretical discussions encountered years ago in my modern history degree at Sydney University. Silly thoughts swarmed around in my lonesome head of mine, and ultimately I came to ask myself if riding around with a camera in my handlebar bag has negatively affected how I have experienced the multitude of places visited in Europe. After all, each country I cycle through is being reduced to a singular digital album on Flikr, and each week one image is printed in a weekly article in the Camden Narellan Advertiser back at home. So with these thought-provoking philosophical ramblings going on within my mind for hours at a time on the saddle, I thought it might be nice to share with you a short research paper written during my fascinating university course Pilgrim to Backpacker: Travel Histories.
Research Question: How did the invention and later development of the camera affect the way tourists see and experience place?