After eight months on the road, cycling roughly 5000km from Tas to the top end on an $80 second-hand bike and visiting about 70 sustainability projects along the way, my journey has come to an end. I couldn’t have done this without support from a lot of people and I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who helped me along the way.
Thank you first and foremost to my wonderful family, who were my main support team, phoning me regularly and cheering me on. The silver lining of a personal health crisis is the way it can bring you closer to your family, and I’m deeply grateful for mine. A special thanks to my Mum and brother who vetted my photos and edited all my blog articles.
Thank you to everyone who donated to help make this journey happen. I was blown away by your generosity and really appreciate your support. This trip couldn’t have gone ahead without you.
A huge thank you to everyone involved in the sustainability projects I visited for taking the time to show me around, and thank you for all the amazing work you’re doing!
Thank you to all my wonderful hosts along the way who gave me a spare bed or couch to sleep on, and to all the hostels and caravan parks who let me stay for free or at a discount.
Thank you to the many people who helped me with bike parts and repairs. My old bike was hard to cater for, but you always seemed to be there when I needed you.
And a big thank you to all of you who followed my journey on social media. Your ‘likes’ and words of support helped keep me going.
For those wondering what’s next, I’ll be staying in my hometown in WA for a while, spending time with family, catching up with friends and just taking a break for a couple of weeks.
I hope to then jump back into more writing, as there are several sustainability projects I visited that I still want to write blog articles about. I also have some half-written pieces about other aspects of the journey that I hope to finish. Eventually I’d like to produce a book from it all, and would love any advice or suggestions you have on this.
A priority for me now is to also expand my diet. After eight months living mostly on only seven ingredients, clinging to the foods that seemed to make me feel the least unwell, I’ll now be taking the time to experiment with new foods and put my new diet learnings into practice — something that wasn’t practical to do while on the road. No doubt I’m in for a bumpy ride with a lot of trial and error.
Provided all this goes well, hopefully I’ll be ready to enter the workforce again soon. Or perhaps some new project will come along that perfectly matches me and where I’m at.
My sincere thanks to all of you again for coming along for the ride.