by Sharon Archer
We’re on the road at the moment... so before I go any further, it’s time for a picture of the stunning scenery we’re being treated to...
|Spectacular Porcupine Gorge, QLD, Australia|
This is about one of these people. Igor Bilek. We met Igor in Outback Queensland at the Julia Creek park when we stopped for lunch. He’s taken a year off to explore Australia... by bicycle!
We got talking about his unusual bicycle and his adventures, places he’s stopped and work that he’s found at those places. The distances he’s travelled are huge! No support vehicle so he needs to carry everything he needs – tent, sleeping bag, food, water, clothes. He said the solitude on the road, just him and the bike, is like a meditation.
|All set up for the night!|
He’d been on the road for a few months when he decided he could use his trip to fundraise for a charity. And the one he chose is perfect for the mode of transport he’s using – Bikes for Humanity.
It’s a terrific organisation, volunteers and groups collect unwanted bicycles and refurbish them for distribution in countries where a bicycle can be a life-changing asset. Recycling with a difference!
The bicycles are affordable and maintainable with basic tools and parts. They provide transport, greater carrying capacity and business opportunities.
As a writer of medical romance stories, I was particularly excited to see that one of the groups to benefit were healthcare workers.
Having a bicycle to do their rounds means these caring people can carry more supplies, see the people who need them more often and for a longer visit! At a pinch they can transport a patient to a doctor or clinic by carrying them on the handle bars or carrier rack. As I was browsing through the different websites, I even saw a bicycle ambulance where a trailer was used to transport the patient.
So would you be tempted to tackle a trip like Igor’s? Have you been on a long bicycle trip? Actually, I suppose the very first question should be – do you like bike riding!
PS you can read more about Igor and his adventure on his blog .