IT’S been three years and about 45,000 kilometres since Chris Roach pushed a bicycle out the front door of his Newcastle home in March 2009 to cycle around the world.
On the way he’s survived medical setbacks in India, deserts in China, a drunken assault by a gang of youths in Kazakhstan, and bitter cold in Armenia, Georgia and Turkey.
Chris Roach on tour.
“Fortunately I managed to miss the full onslaught of winter where temperatures plummeted to minus 35 degrees in some of the places I’d been to only weeks earlier,” Mr Roach said.
With a budget of €10 a day, Mr Roach is relying on the generosity of others to help him on his way while raising money for Oxfam, an international aid agency that works with poor communities around the world to reduce poverty and injustice.
His aim is to raise $100,000, $1 for every kilometre.
Mr Roach has spent the past few days cycling from Goteborg, Sweden, to Oslo in Norway, where he will spend the next week or so earning some money for the return journey home.
The plan is to continue through Scotland, England, France, Spain, Africa, South America, North America then through Asia and back home again.
“There is still a long way to go,” he said.
“But it feels like having come this far I am more like on the way home now and that feels good.
Mr Roach said he was buoyed by the overwhelmingly positive response he has had so far.
“Of course, there are some that don’t really appreciate what I’m about, others don’t understand the journey at all – but then again I don’t expect them to,” he said. “It is all part of the adventure.”
Mr Roach said he missed his family, and being away during certain milestones, including the birth of his nephew, but he is determined to carry on.
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