Expedition Class around Australia by Bike
December 2, 2009
I had the pleasure of checking out a slide show put on by Andrew Hughes with photos from a round Australia bike trip over 8 months and a seakayak trip to Papau New Guinea. This bloke takes healthy transport very seriously and over the last couple of years has put in thousands of kms powered by his arms and legs. Whats more is that he is doing it for an awesome cause and sharing his experiences with local Tassie primary school kids to inspire adventure with in them.
Check it out: http://www.expeditionclass.com/
Here is an excerpt about Andrew:
Adventure and education are central to my idea of a good life.
As a teacher I want to find new and exciting ways to engage students and provide quality learning experiences. As an adventurer I seek places and people that stretch my own understanding and abilities. Growing up in Tasmania provided many opportunities to explore the landscape with a backpack and a sturdy pair of boots. As a teenager and through my twenties I traversed thousands of kilometers through the bush and along mountain ranges. From 1997-99 I learnt about rocks at university, and in 2001 tried my luck down a remote Western Australian goldmine.
In 2002, with my brother James, we walked the length of Tasmania over 50 days and summiting more than 35 peaks. The long empty roads of Australia have also captured my attention with several long distance bicycle journeys. In 2000 I circumnavigated Australia in seven months, covering nearly 16000 kilometers.
The main goal of the project, apart from coming home in one piece, is to deliver an educational product that motivates teachers and students in classroom situations.The nature of a real-life-, real-time expedition engages students because it doesn’t have a scripted ending, answers aren’t in the back of the book, and some problems have no easy solutions. There are actual risks, real discoveries and deeply felt accomplishments.
Written for the love of bike adventures by Liam.C