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Meet Josiah Skeats from Canterbury in the UK

The sun is shining on the Gold Coast. I’m sitting here facing the beach with my bike lent against a tree. I used to think bikes could take you anywhere in the world. Now I know they can take you anywhere in the world.

My journey began in May 2015. I kissed my friends and family ‘Good Bye’ and pedalled out of my front door in search of adventure. Adventure found me quickly, and after only a few kilometres, I had a puncture. The spare tubes I’d brought turned out to be the wrong size, so I tried to mend the tube myself, but I couldn’t get the patch to stick. I was forced to ask a passing cyclist if they could patch the tube for me.After I was fixed up, the cyclist looked at my bike laden with panniers.

“Where you going mate?” he asked.

I took a big gulp. “Australia.” I said, with as much confidence as I could muster.

“Ha! Where did you start?” he asked.

“Just over there… About 5 kilometres back” I replied. Admittedly, it hadn’t been the most promising start.

“Ha! Good luck mate!” he said as he pedalled off laughing.Later that day, I rolled off the ferry in France, pointed my front wheel towards Australia, and began to pedal.

In the last 2.5 years, I have cycled 43,000 kilometres, through 33 countries on a budget of $5 per day. The best thing about cycling around the world is that you meet a segment of the world’s 7 billion people. I have met the the best of humanity, sleeping in the home of hundreds, and sharing a meal with thousands.

I’m now writing a book about my bike trip, and will be leaving on the Gold Coast for the next 6 months. I’ll be sharing a story from my trip in each edition of this magazine.

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