Adeena Gerding and her bear are cycling from Sydney to Cairns to raise funds for Bikes 4 Life. They're enjoying their time in Agnes Water/1770.
Adeena Gerding and her bear are cycling from Sydney to Cairns to raise funds for Bikes 4 Life. They're enjoying their time in Agnes Water/1770.

A girl and her bear are on a bike trek up north

A WOMAN who is riding from Sydney to Cairns with a huge teddy bear on a recycled bike is enjoying a few days of rest at Agnes Water/1770.

'Professional gypsy' Adeena Gerding set off from Sydney on June 9 to raise awareness and funds for charity Bikes 4 Life, which collects, restores and donates bikes to some of the most marginalised and underprivileged communities around the world. 

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She shares her story and her journey with us:

On the road

I'm no cyclist, but what better way to discover the exceptional beauties of Australia than at the pace of a push bike?

In the first three days I had 5 flat tyres, jammed the gears, and broke down far more times than a person should.

But knowing that I was on the trip for an awesome cause, Bikes 4 Life, gave me the motivation I needed to keep going. 

Bikes 4 Life collects, restores and donates bikes to some of the most marginalised and underprivileged communities around the world.

Adeena Gerding and her bear are cycling from Sydney to Cairns to raise funds for Bikes 4 Life. They're enjoying their time in Agnes Water/1770.
Adeena Gerding and her bear are cycling from Sydney to Cairns to raise funds for Bikes 4 Life. They're enjoying their time in Agnes Water/1770.

With every revolution of the pedal, all the way from Sydney until I finally reach Cairns, I hope to show how resilient bicycles are, and hope to highlight Bikes 4 Life's cause and help break the poverty cycle of entire families and communities with the simple gift of a bicycle.

Despite, the shaky start, and the constant rain, I've kept pushing and am finding it is getting easier by the day.

Hills and flat tyres are still not my friend, but every beautiful forest, every stranger's smile, and scenic river, ocean and bay have made me realise how rich Australia really is.

Discovering Agnes Water/1770

I have to say that I was not quite prepared for the awesomeness that is 1770/ Agnes Waters!

The one day I planned to spend here has now stretched to three, and at the rate it is going it might stretch even further.

It has been so good to offload my kit and explore - I can't imagine a better place to celebrate the half way mark.

The terrain is beautiful, the beaches are breathtaking and the general population are friendly, relaxed and incredibly welcoming.

You could spend months (or maybe even years) exploring the beauties that the region has to offer and every day would still be a surprise.

Adeena Gerding and her bear are cycling from Sydney to Cairns to raise funds for Bikes 4 Life. They're enjoying their time in Agnes Water/1770.
Adeena Gerding and her bear are cycling from Sydney to Cairns to raise funds for Bikes 4 Life. They're enjoying their time in Agnes Water/1770.

More about the trip

Wanting warmer weather and wanting to try and explore more of the beauties that Australia has to offer, I decided that it was time to venture off and explore.

Seeing as I don't have a car, I don't particularly enjoy public transport, and because flying is out of the question, I decided a push bike was a good idea. 

I stumbled upon the Bikes 4 Life quite by accident, but their cause, values and proactive attitude lined up perfectly with what I intended to do.

Before I even had a chance to rethink it, I had piled my life onto one of their recycled bicycles and I was off.

I'm not a cyclist, but it is amazing how quickly you learn and how fast your body adapts to what ever challenges life throws your way.

The simplicity of life at your own pace on a bike has something special about it and life is always better barefoot.

I really do hope that with every single revolution of the pedal that I do keep highlighting Bikes 4 Life's cause because bicycles are amazing, they can take you anywhere and they definitely can transform lives.

Follow my BearFoot Cycling adventure on Facebook and visit www.bikes4life.com.au to learn more, get involved, and donate.



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