The most amazing thing has been how supportive the Australian people have been to me. Crossing the Nullabor I didn’t even pay for any water, and I got offered fruit and other food.Emma Timmis
A fitness fanatic who recently passed through Whyalla is both raising money for charity and aiming to break the world record for a journey on an Elliptigo bike.
Emma Timmis is riding from the western-most part of Australia (Shark Bay, Western Australia) to the eastern-most part (Byron Bay, New South Wales) to raise $10,000 for Melbourne-based charity One Girl.
One Girl is on a mission to educate one million girls across Africa, in areas such as Sierra Leone and Uganda – some of the worst places on earth to be born a girl.
The current record for a journey on an Elliptigo bike is 8000 kilometres, and at the the halfway point of her journey across Australia, Ms Timmis has covered just over 5000 kilometres.
“I wanted to travel across the Australian coastline in a physical way, initially riding a bike didn’t appeal to me but I needed a way to carry all of my equipment,” she said.
“An Elliptigo can be ridden like a bike while towing your supplies at the same time so I decided to use one for this trip. The journey has been quite amazing so far, Western Australia is very beautiful.
“The most amazing thing has been how supportive the Australian people have been to me. Crossing the Nullabor I didn’t even pay for any water, and I got offered fruit and other food.
“People have invited me in to sleep in their homes, they’ve been incredibly kind.”
Ms Timmis stayed at Discovery Parks in Whyalla as she passed through the steel city last week. She has since continued on through Port Augusta and is currently in Adelaide.
“Because I’m a foreigner on a tourist visa, I’ve only got three months to finish the journey. The journey shouldn’t take me longer than 80 days to complete if I can keep doing 100 kilometres a day,” she said.
Ms Timmis has been recording her journey via vlogs which can be found on her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Missemmatimmis/.
For more information about her trip visit https://z6z.co/elliptigoz.