Nye sets In­dia ride record

Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

HALLS Head res­i­dent John Nye has bro­ken a world record af­ter trekking the four cor­ners of In­dia in 23 days as a solo mo­tor­cy­clist.

The 62-year-old com­pleted his tough­est ride yet, beat­ing the pre­vi­ous record by 11 days.

He trav­elled out to east­ern In­dia on Au­gust 3 then trav­elled back down south to the tip of In­dia in Sri Lanka, back up through Goha and Mumbai, and com­pleted the trip in Chandi­garh on Au­gust 26.

He said he was re­lieved to fin­ish the trip alive.

“I’m glad it’s over. If I was a cat, I’ve used up six of my nine lives; it was that bad,” he said.

Mr Nye thanked the people of Man­durah for do­nat­ing to his goal of rais­ing $10,000 for Peel’s Youth Med­i­cal Ser­vices in the lead-up to and dur­ing his trip.

Mr Nye said al­though the trip was for a good cause, he faced horrific traf­fic, weather and road con­di­tions, with pot holes, mon­soons and nar­row roads.

He said at one point he rode for nearly 27 hours be­fore even­tu­ally stop­ping to rest.

“I would ride un­til the tank had to be re­filled,” he said.

The chal­lenge did not stop for Mr Nye, as he lost con­tact with the out­side world dur­ing his ride through Chandi­garh.

“I was un­able to find my way out,” he said.

“Ap­par­ently Voda­fone thought I’d been to Pak­istan, that’s how close to the bor­der I was, so I lost access to the net­work.”

Mr Nye de­scribed his time spent rid­ing through Ker­ala as horrific and grim.

“I faced the worst floods in over a cen­tury and got bat­tered for three days with non-stop rain,” he said.

John Nye at Karma Dup­gyud Choel­ing Monastery in Leh Ladakh. Inset: His route through In­dia.

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