Today, the 1st of January, 2024, marks the passing of a major milestone – it’s the difference from saying ‘I’ll be leaving on my round the world bicycle in two years time’ to saying ‘I’ll be leaving on my round the world bicycle travels at the end of next year!’, which makes a big psychological difference. Even though a day has only passed, it now feels a lot closer and a lot more tangible – and I’m stoked!
Where will this trip take me?
Well, all around the world pretty much! I plan to begin with a four month ‘shake down’ ride, from the Giant Eyeball in Dallas, Texas, and cycling down to Corpus Christi, before following the Gulf coast around to Florida Keys and then up the Atlantic coast to Norfolk, Virginia, and then heading slightly inland to Ashland (for Ashland Train Day 2026) and finishing at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. For the month of May, 2026, I’ll be mostly off the bike, making my way, by train and plane (and possibly the last bit by bike or taxi), up to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Canada – pretty much the top of the world.
Tuktoyaktuk marks the official beginning of my Wheely Big Bike Trip, on the 1st of June, 2026. From there, it’s around the world, via the Americas, northwestern Africa, Europe, Asia and then back to Australia (cycling from Darwin to Sydney’s Bondi Beach). How long will this take me? Well, it will take as long as it takes. I’m not planning to break any speed records. The only time constraints will be how long I can stay in any particular country at a time.
Or cllick this link (Route breakdown) for the route to be broken down into pieces.
Why am I doing this?
Apart from doing this trip for the fun of it (why do it otherwise), I will be cycling to raise funds and awareness for three organisations: FightMND, School in a Bag, and the Melanoma Institute of Australia.
Fight MND: An Australian foundation at the forefront of funding research into finding a cure of Motor Neurone Disease (MND), also known as Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It is a degenerative disease which attacks the neurones (nerve cells) that control muscles that allow us to move around, swallow and even breath. It’s a terminal disease for which there is currently no cure. There are also no truly effective treatments. There is a cure out there, but it has to be found. To do that, money is always required to fund the necessary research.
School in a Bag: This is a British charity which provides rucksacks, containing school supplies, to disadvantaged school children around the world, regardless of race, religion or politics. Each rucksack contains exercise books, pencils, ruler, eating utensils and a water bottle. The contents varies, depending on the location and need of children. Each rucksack costs £20.
Melanoma Institute of Australia: The MIA is a national affiliated network of researchers and clinicians, who are at the forefront of global advances in melanoma research and treatment. Early 2023, I had a couple of moles cut out of my scalp. The pathology results came back positive, indicating the beginnings of a melanoma. As a result, the work carried out by the Melanoma Institute of Australia has a personal connection. I was lucky – so many aren’t. Australia is the skin cancer capital of the world and melanoma is the worst of all skin cancers. I encourage everyone to have an annual skin check. It may save your life!
How will I be able to donate?
In late 2025 (next year!), I’ll be setting up a few donation pages. These will be linked from a central page, where there will be instructions on how to donate. More information will come later.
How will I be able to follow your travels?
I will be taking along a satellite tracker, so you’ll be able to monitor my progress. Every ten minutes, or so, it will send a ping to a GPS satellite network, which will update on a map in real time. I will also be uploading more accurate daily route logs. Of course, besides my daily (or weekly – haven’t decided yet) blog updates, you will also be able to follow my travels via Facebook, X (formerly known as Twitter), Instagram, TikTok, YouTube (yes, I plan to do a lot of filming) and any other social media platforms that may pop up.
I look forward to having you all following along in my adventure!