Dr John Stace has finished his journey by e-bike across Australia from Perth to Sydney. The 5,000 kms took 63 days of riding 80 kilometres a day. He did this to raise awareness of the need to create Better Streets for people to support healthier and happier lifestyles.
John travelled solo across the Nullarbor, a treeless desert 1,100km across. He camped along the way. Roadhouses are 300 kilometres apart so he carried 3 bike batteries. He caught a ferry from Cowell to Walleroo near Adelaide.
Getting to Adelaide took 29 days, 2,700 kilometres across incredibly harsh arid desert. It's the only road to Perth, the world's most isolated capital city with loads of freight trucks for which he had to pull over for to let them pass.
John stopped at Adelaide, because of the massive floods across 4 states, some areas where he was to travel to were being evacuated. It was unsafe to continue and the decision was made for him to return home to Perth and to re-commence in mid March.
In March the journey restarted, ohn rode to Albury-Wodonga along the might Murray River to Tumut, Jingellic through the Brindabella range to Canberra, camping all the way.
After a 6 day break in Canberra over Easter loading up on Easter eggs, John was joined by his daughter Sara Stace for the final leg to Sydney and his 13 year old grandson for one day. Canberra to Shellhabour, Wollongong with a 2 kilometre walk on a motorway at Kiama. Then up to Bundeenda to catch the ferry to Cronulla to arrive in Sydney.
Today John and Sara dipped their wheels in the Pacific Ocean at Bondi Beach, marking the completion of John's goal of 80/80/80, 80 kilometres a day for 80 days before he's 80 years old.
John says as a doctor if he could prescribe a pill that would make you healthier and happier it would be exercise. But we need streets where kids and grandkids can walk and ride safely. Better Streets help communities to ask for better footpaths, cycleways and street calming.
You can donate to John's ride here.