BIG TED’S BEAR FOOT RIDE

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - THOMAS BROWNING

SOUTH African tourist Adeena Gerd­ing’s trip up Aus­tralia’s east coast is about as far from “glamp­ing or flash­pack­ing” as you can get.

The 30- year- old is rid­ing bare­foot from Syd­ney to Cairns with gi­ant bear Teddy Ted­di­son and has been in Townsville since Fri­day.

She is rais­ing funds for the Bike 4 Life, a char­ity ded­i­cated to sup­port­ing marginalised and ne­glected in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­ni­ties by pro­vid­ing re­cy­cled bi­cy­cles.

It is a long and lonely ride – al­most 2500km in to­tal – but Teddy is the ul­ti­mate trav­el­ling part­ner.

“He doesn’t eat much, or talk much, and he weighs just 2kg,” Ms Gerd­ing said.

“And he is a good talk­ing point when I meet grey no­mads and back­pack­ers along the way.”

Ms Gerd­ing was given Teddy as a joke when she trav­elled to Aus­tralia a few years ago. She said her friends wanted to give her an “in­con­ve­nient present” to take on her many trips. Since then, Teddy has been to 30 coun­tries. Fol­low her jour­ney at bare­foot­edgypsy. blogspot. com. au or do­nate on Bikes 4 Life web­site.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

MATES: South African Adeena Gerd­ing is cy­cling bare­foot from Syd­ney to Cairns with her gi­ant teddy bear.

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