|Oct 30th, 1998. Leaving Blandford, Dorset.
Photo: Courtesy of
The Daily Echo, Bournemouth
The Sydney to London Sponsored Bicycle Expedition has several missions:
- It aims to raise well over £20,000 for Children With AIDS Charity,
roughly one pound for every kilometre cycled. This money will go directly to
the charity's own Dippy Duck Appeal, which finances weekend holidays for
children infected and affected by AIDS.
- By sharing a form of transport that is common to many in Asia, I hope to
be approachable to those around me and experience the real, everyday Far
East. Free of the cocoon of cars and buses, I hope the fact that I am
cycling will interest the people I meet and lead to different encounters.
- Lastly, I aim to use the internet to update a web site, to stay in touch
with sponsors, friends and family. Despite cycling in some of the more
remote parts of the world and the nomadic nature of the journey, the world
wide web will form an integral part of the trip - and will be called upon
for information as diverse as crossing borders, weather conditions and
On a more general note, I chose to cycle because I feel it offers physical
and mental challenges. In a world where one can bound across thousands of
kilometres in a matter of hours, it offers a perspective unlike any other
form of travelling in its independence and self-sufficiency. By cycling, I
hope to promote both the greener issues of transport as well as low impact
tourism, whilst reminding people of what can be done with that simple and
brilliant invention: la bicyclette.