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Australian Rovers cycle over three continents

1st Jan 2011

Two Rovers from Adelaide, Australia, are undertaking an adventure of epic proportions. Adam and Stephen are currently part way through their World Trike Expedition, which will see them ride from Adelaide, in South Australia, to Rinkaby, Sweden, in time for the start of the 22nd World Scout Jamboree.

The pair started out on their journey on 30th October 2010 and travelled over 2800km on Australian soil before flying to South Africa to commence the next leg of their journey. From South Africa, they will continue through Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark and finally Sweden. In total, they will travel through 22 Scouting countries, covering around 22,000km in nine months.

Adam and Stephen are riding recumbent tricycles (“trikes”) which are human-powered vehicles, with two wheels in front and one behind. Their journey is self-supported, so the trikes have been specially designed to carry all of their camping gear, food, water, tools and spare parts!

Scouts Australia is supporting this adventurous journey of Adam and Stephen who hope to inspire Scouts of all ages both in Australia and abroad. Their mission statement reads: “The express aim of this expedition is to inspire youth and promote Scouting and adventurous activities and their positive benefits amongst youth worldwide. We believe that Scouting and responsible risk-taking provide countless benefits to young people, especially in the modern-era where the ‘cotton wooling’ of kids is all too common. In order to achieve this aim, we will meet with as many youth (both members and non-members of Scouting) and young adults as possible on our journey, and gain media exposure where possible.”

To follow their journey and to view some amazing photos, visit their website .www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/worldtrike

-- Lyndall Brown
APR Honorary Correspondent, Scouts Australia

Photo credit: World Jamboree Trike Expedition
Copyright © 2010-2011 By Adam Kilpatrick and Stephen Warren-Smit

Picture 1: © Scouts Australia​