*** On November 6th 2017, I rode up to Cape Byron lighthouse on the Elliptigo after riding 7,951km across Australia. This took 74 days and a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Unfortunately, I haven't had time to update this page about the challenge yet. One day I will, but for now, if you want to see my daily vlogs, head over to my Facebook page where I posted them. Enjoy! ***
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In August 2017, I will begin an adventure which will be my biggest, longest, coolest, most passionate and exciting challenge to date.
I am going to ride an Elliptigo across Australia.
Yes, Australia. That sandy, hot, huge country!!
And you are probably thinking 'what on earth is an Elliptigo?.' well, its one of these...
Beginning at the furthest point accessible to the west and traveling along the southern coastline to the furthest point east. I will pass through some of the most isolated places I will have been in my life, to some of the biggest, busiest, built-up cities. The distance is approximately 8,000km and I will be towing all of my equipment in a trailer behind me.
This is going to be a challenge and a half!
Click the 'Journey' box below for more info on the plan.
It's going to be so big that I actually have four main goals of the challenge:
Physical: To be able to ride from one side of Australia, some 8000km plus, to the other side is going to take some physical effort. Charitable: I aim to raise AUD$10,000 for a brilliant, small charity called One Girl who educate girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda. Social: On my journey across Australia I will be going into schools to give talks to young people about adventure and sport. Personal: My main personal goal is to work towards overcoming my fear of public speaking.
I will also be aiming to achieve a Guinness World Record for this uber adventure. The record I have applied for is the 'longest journey by elliptical cycle in a single country'. (I've also applied for two other records but they got rejected. Doh!) More information about my goals click the box below.
Throughout my time of tackling adventures, which is becoming quite a few years now, some challenges have been for charity but many more just for my own personal goals. ElliptigOz is the biggest challenge that I've taken on in and it means a lot to me. I know there will be times when I struggle, and I know there will be times where funny events will entertain people that follow the venture. Everybody needs help at times in their lives, and some more than others. I have been very fortunate to have people help me when I need it and I want to be able to return that gift. For these reasons, during this adventure I have chose to raise money for charity.
I've spent a lot of time in Africa over the years and have seen various charities doing incredible work. I have chosen to fundraise for One Girl as they provide education to girls, in Sierra Leone and Uganda, who would otherwise not have access to it..
Did you know that over 60 million girls around the world are denied education. Shocking isn't it!! I want to make a change.
If you are not in a position to donate, dont worry there are so many ways that you can help me out. I've put together a bit of list here for you to consider but if you have any other ways in which you'd like to help then feel free to be creative.
Now that I have quite a few adventures under my belt, the practicalities are second nature to me but I know some people struggle to get their heads around it.
But where will you sleep? What will you eat? How will you survive? These are questions that I often get asked when I embark on a new adventure. Don't worry, this is not my first time heading of into an unfamiliar environment. I've put together some of the answers to your questions, click the box below to find out and if you have any other question feel free to contact me.
Throughout the ElliptigOz adventure I will have a tracker on me which will send my location to the internet every half an hour. I will have a map created so that you can track my progress. This will not be set up until the adventure begins so you'll have to wait for that.
If you want to follow my planning and preparation then make sure that you have liked my social media channels...