Taking a break in an epic ride

ROUND-THE-WORLD cyclist Ken Roberts is promising to come back to Queensland after he finishes his epic ride in another two years.

Stopping off in Bundaberg last week, Mr Roberts (pictured below) said he had had some great experiences in the state.

Mr Roberts, who normally lives in Somerset in England, set out on his four-and-a-half-year journey in 2009.

Cycling around the world was a long-held dream of his, and after a successful career in engineering management for 20 years, Mr Roberts set off on his custom-built bike named Emma.

Mr Roberts set out from Europe in September 2009 and headed east.

He rode through central Asia – “doing all the ‘Stans” – taking four-and-a-half months to cross China.

Then he hopped over to Australia, and is now working his way down the east coast.

Mr Roberts said he was relying on the kindness of strangers and on cheap hotel rooms and camping sites for his overnight breaks.

“I almost certainly don’t know where I’m going to be sleeping every night,” he said.

Mr Roberts said he had two main reasons for embarking on his trip.

The first is to raise money for the Outward Bound Trust, an organisation that uses the outdoors to get young people to accomplish more than they think they can.

“I had the benefit of the experience when I was young, and I got a huge amount out of it,” he said.

The second reason was just the personal challenge.

His last stop in Australia will be Somerset in Tasmania, in homage to his home town, before he flies out to take on the challenge of Alaska and South America.

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