Pedal-power pair set sights on world

Wanneroo Times - - Street Watch -

FOR­MER Kin­ross res­i­dents Kelly Sheldrick (29) and Michael Cowgill (30) are on a world cy­cle trip.

Two years ago, the cou­ple dis­cov­ered cy­cle tour­ing when they rode from France to China to raise aware­ness of the global san­i­ta­tion cri­sis.

This time they plan to go even fur­ther and cy­cle across Canada, the US, Mex­ico and Cen­tral and South Amer­ica be­fore tak­ing on the rest of the world by bike.

“After South Amer­ica the plan is a bit more vague as it’s very hard to plan that far in ad­vance when cy­cle tour­ing,” Ms Sheldrick said.

“At the mo­ment, we plan to fly to New Zealand where we may work for a bit be­fore con­tin­u­ing to cy­cle, then back to Aus­tralia, cy­cling up the east coast to Dar­win, then from Dar­win to In­done­sia and the rest of South-east Asia.

“We haven’t de­cided whether we will in­clude Africa in the cy­cle tour yet; in­stead of New Zealand, we may head to Africa after South Amer­ica.”

She said the pair de­cided to take this trip be­cause they wanted to see the world but “not just the touristy spots”.

“We want to get off the beaten track, meet the peo­ple and ex­pe­ri­ence the cul­ture and we’ve dis­cov­ered cy­cle tour­ing is the best way to do this,” she said.

“You are more vul­ner­a­ble to the world but also more open to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the cul­ture and meet­ing lo­cal peo­ple that you wouldn’t nor­mally meet.

“We know it’s going to be a chal­lenge and at times we’re going to hate it but a friendly face and a beau­ti­ful view on a bad day can make it all seem worth­while in the end.”

And both en­joy push­ing their lim­its. “Beat­ing our per­sonal best for cy­cling the most kilo­me­tres in a day or cy­cling over our high­est moun­tain pass gives us an amaz­ing feel­ing of ac­com­plish­ment and it’s an ad­dic­tive high,” Ms Sheldrick said.

The trip, which started on June 26, is an in­de­pen­dent, self­funded tour, which the cou­ple be­lieves will take about five years.

Along the way, they will speak to dif­fer­ent eco-busi­nesses as part of their re­search to one day open an eco-hos­tel.

“We both have a pas­sion for the en­vi­ron­ment and be­ing ecofriendly and we both love travel and want to in­spire oth­ers to travel en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­bly and to be a pos­i­tive part of their travel ex­pe­ri­ence,” Ms Sheldrick said.

“Learn­ing from dif­fer­ent places around the world that have achieved a suc­cess­ful eco-busi­ness seems like a great op­por­tu­nity for us. We can take the best from the places we visit and use that to cre­ate our dream place.”

You can fol­low their jour­ney at www.cy­cle­trekkers.com.

To dis­cuss spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties, email [email protected]­cle­trekkers.com.

On the list: At­trac­tions in the Cana­dian Rock­ies.

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