Cy­cling across the world

Ger­man cou­ple trav­els 40,000 kilo­me­tres and take a break in Eidsvold

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

CY­CLING: It was a chance to “get out of the rat race” for Ger­man cou­ple Mirko Toth and Ina Ban­nert, who are trav­el­ling across the world on their bikes.

With a quick stop over through Eidsvold, the pair said it was a great way of keep­ing in shape and a way of spend­ing less.

“Ev­ery­day you go to work and have a sched­ule and we just thought it’d be nice to get out that com­fort and go ex­plor­ing,” Ban­nert said.

“We started in Ger­many on April 2015 and went across Western Europe through France, Spain to Por­tu­gal and then we flew to New York City across to the United States to San Francisco and then went all the way down to Cen­tral Amer­ica to South Amer­ica and came to Aus­tralia in April this year.

“When we made it to Eidsvold I thought it was a very beau­ti­ful town and they have a nice park and the com­mu­nity is very friendly.”

Toth and Ban­nert started from Tas­ma­nia then trav­elled to Mel­bourne with just their bikes and a tent.

“Our aim is to travel all across Aus­tralia with the next goal to Dar­win and back to Mel­bourne,” Toth said.

“Af­ter Dar­win we want to go to Asia and from there we want to cy­cle back home all the way to Ger­many and it should take an­other two years. We are go­ing all the way with our bi­cy­cles and when we trav­elled from Ger­many we rode but at times we had to catch a plane when it was not ac­ces­si­ble.”

For this ven­ture to take off, the cou­ple had to save a bit of money.

“We saved some money for this trip so for a long long time you have to save money, you don’t get the lux­ury of stay­ing in a ho­tel,” Toth said.

Toth said cy­cling en­abled you to have flex­i­bil­ity with your life.

“Cy­cling gives you a lot of free­dom and in­de­pen­dence, we don’t have a sched­ule and we don’t have a place or a date to be in a place, we can talk to peo­ple and it’s a slow way of en­coun­ter­ing the cul­ture, the peo­ple, and the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Huge trips would re­quire lots of plan­ning, how­ever there is no plan­ning when it comes to tour­ing Aus­tralia. “We al­ways pre­dict at what times we will reach our des­ti­na­tion but it’s never pre­cise, if we’re lucky we will reach it within a few days,” Ban­nert said.

“Ev­ery night where-ever we are at 6pm we will pitch a tent and call it a night.” The cou­ple will spent the next two years cy­cling across Aus­tralia to Asia and then will head home to Ger­many by 2019-2020.

PHOTOS: PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

AD­VEN­TUR­OUS: Mirko Toth and Ina Ban­nert cy­cled all the way from Ger­many to Aus­tralia to ex­plore the coun­try and stopped over in Eidsvold.

Ina Ban­nert and Mirko Toth sit­ting down hav­ing a cof­fee in Eidsvold be­fore head­ing to Theodore on their bikes.

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