Tandem bikers home after trek
FOUR months after riding through Warwick on their tandem bicycle, British duo Huw and Carolyn Thomas have arrived back in the UK.
The pedalling pair travelled across the globe, stopping off in different towns as they went to spread awareness of aid organisation ShelterBox.
After starting in Canada and riding across America before arriving in New Zealand, they almost didn’t make the Australian leg of their journey due to the January floods.
Flying into Brisbane, they set of for Sydney via Warwick, where they were hosted by Rotary.
They said they were excited to have achieved their goal of riding a whopping 10,000 miles.
“In fact we got to the magic figure two weeks ago as we rode through Northern Ireland – we’re now in South Wales with less than a fortnight left until we reach ShelterBox HQ in Helston,” Mr Thomas said.
“I reckon outotal will probably be around 10,800 miles or 17,280 km.
“It’s been an amazing journey.”
The epic journey took more than 11 months, with the pair only ever missing one presentation after a five-hour flight delay travelling into Brisbane.
Despite tackling some pretty tough terrain, on their stop off here, the pair admitted riding around the back roads of the Southern Downs was a pretty tough gig – but said people more than made up for it.
“One of the best things about this epic adventure has been the people,” he said.
“In particular, we’ve been so impressed with Rotary.
“We’ve had wonderful support in so many towns and been looked after by so many kind people – a debt that will be hard to ever repay.
“Someone suggested we may have set a new record for the number of Rotary Clubs visited in a year!”
Mr Thomas suggested the challenge and while Mrs Thomas jumped at the chance, she didn’t realise it would mean cycling halfway across the globe.
They not only raised awareness of ShelterBox but also money to donate to the cause.
“There’s an update on our blog at http://tandem10.wordpress.com about our progress, how much money our journey has helped to raise – and where some of those boxes have gone,” Mr Thomas said.
ShelterBox offers relief in the wake of disasters all around the world by providing shelter, warmth and comfort to those affected.
Supplies are packaged into a versatile, sturdy box and include a 10-person, weather-resistant tent, children’s colouring and art supplies, stove equipment and blankets.