Globetrotter on ride of life­time

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AS THE re­gion cel­e­brated Aus­tralia Day, a solo English­man had spent 40 days rid­ing his bike 1879km from Mel­bourne to Gin Gin as part of his mas­sive around-the-world ad­ven­ture.

Ja­son Kind’s jour­ney started back in his home town of Hast­ings, Eng­land, were he set off on an ad­ven­ture of a life­time.

The 46-year-old re­dis­cov­ered his pas­sion for bike rid­ing six years ago and de­cided to change his life.

“All I did was work and never took a hol­i­day. I was stressed and on the verge of hav­ing a stroke.

“It was now or never, so I made it hap­pen,” he said.

His ad­ven­ture started on March 31, 2014, when he crossed the English Chan­nel to France and rode into Bel­gium and across Europe into Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran and deep into the Middle East.

Mr Kind then rode into Asia, en­joy­ing the sights and cul­ture of Burma, Laos, Thai­land and Viet­nam.

“I have met some amaz­ing peo­ple along the way and great sup­port for strangers en­cour­ag­ing me to keep go­ing,” he said.

“I flew from Viet­nam to Dar­win and set my sights on Ade­laide. I have a great mate that lives there so I spent time with him and it was great to catch up.

“The ride to Ade­laide along the Stu­art Hwy was amaz­ing – the sights and towns along the way.

“I’m lost for words on how amaz­ing cen­tral Aus­tralia is.”

From Ade­laide he rode to Mel­bourne to be re­united with his twin.

“My sis­ter has lived in Aus­tralia for years and 17 years is a long time. It was a great catch-up.”

His ad­ven­ture con­tin­ued across the Tas­man Sea to New Zealand, where he rode around the two is­lands be­fore fly­ing back to Mel­bourne and con­tin­u­ing his ride up the east coast.

“It’s a race against time as I don’t want to over­stay my visa,” Mr Kind said.

“I am head­ing north on the Bruce Hwy and plan to head to­wards Mt Isa and back up to Dar­win.

“Aus­tralians are su­per friendly and I have been en­cour­aged ev­ery step of the way.”

Some might call him crazy but he said he was liv­ing the Aus­tralian dream, trav­el­ling the coun­try and ex­pe­ri­enc­ing new places.

He just hap­pened to be rid­ing a bike.

“Ev­ery Pom wants to visit Aus­tralia,” he said.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON BIT260116JASON

WORLD TRIP: Ja­son Kind from the UK plans to ride around the world.

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