The Long Ride Home

| August 1, 2001

The Long Ride Home

A little more than a year after he graduated from Manchester University, Cass Gilbert started a two-year bicycle journey from Sydney Australia to London. Gilbert rode his bicycle more than 25,000 kilometers to increase awareness about AIDS and the people who live with it.

His tour raised more than £23,000 for the British charity, Children with AIDS. The charity aims to help children and families 'affected or infected with HIV or AIDS. TheRough Guides travel guide series has published some of the more interesting passages from Gilbert's travel diary on its Web site.

Nearing the end of his journey, he writes, 'I have learnt to love the transition from one country to the next: the look of complete disinterest feigned by border officials, watching my name meticulously scribed in a strange new language and finally the triumphant stamp in the passport that announces, I'm here!'

Most of the tour he rode alone, however, he had an occasional riding partner. His brother, for example, joined him in Syria to ride with him from Aleppo to Damascus. In Bangkok he stayed with his mother in a hotel. Along the way he met various other touring cyclists as well which he nicely organizes into a list at the end of his article including statistics such as the number of punctures, times he was hit by busses and possessions stolen. His piece is a good resource for anyone thinking of doing a solo tour across many continents.
--Sara V. Buckwitz
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