UK cyclist Josiah Skeats has just landed in Darwin celebrating two years on his bike as he cycles from the top to the bottom of Australia.
After spending the last two years riding around the world on his bicycle, UK cyclist Josiah Skeats reached his 33rd country on Thursday as he touched down in Australia to begin his outback experience.
Riding over 32,000 kilometres, Skeats will continue his journey after he touches down in Darwin on the 14th of September, travelling through the outback from the top to the bottom of Australia.
Cycling from France to Turkey, Myamar, Vietnam, Singapore & much more this young cyclist says even he first thought the idea of cycling around the world was far-fetched.
“When I cycled from my front door, I thought I could probably reach Istanbul. I never considered the far-fetched possibility of Australia that is now just around the corner,” he said.
Skeats swapped the aeroplane seat for his bike seat when he touched down in Darwin on the 14th of September ready to cycle down the middle of Australia.
“I plan to cycle from Darwin to Adelaide to Sydney, and then north up the East Coast,” he said.
Cycling through busy roads across Europe and Asia for the last two years, Skeats said he is always conscious of safety when travelling through dangerous roads.
“The most dangerous aspect has been cycling on the crazy Asian roads which is why I'm so glad to have a RearViz Mirror to give me a clear view of what’s coming up behind me,” he said.
Josiah has been a brand ambassador for Gold Coast start-up company RearViz International Pty Ltd. since before he started his world tour back in 2015 and has been cycling with the arm-mounted RearViz Mirror ever since.
(Josiah wearing RearViz Sports Mirror)
With a passion for cycling safety Skeats has been spreading the word for this patented Aussie invention comparing the arm-mounted mirror to having eyes on the back of his head.
“I feel safer when I use the RearViz mirror. Using it is like having eyes in the back of your head, and that superhuman ability is phenomenally comforting when cars are careering around you,” he said.
With cycling safety becoming a controversial issue in countries around the world, the importance of cycling mirrors these days is vital.
Josiah even managed to snap a photo with a cyclist in Thailand he bumped into who was also wearing a RearViz Safety Mirror.
(Josiah in Thailand)
From backpacking through Europe to tackling the overwhelming traffic in Vietnam Skeats experienced it all.
Referring to the traffic as the scariest part of his entire trip, Josiah said that sometimes it almost seemed like the cars were intentionally trying to kill him.
“Those metal-covered monsters roared up behind me, whizzed past me, pulled out in front of me and generally seemed, at best, completely oblivious that I was even on the road. At worst, it actually seemed like they wanted to kill me!”
Skeat’s new journey cycling across the Australian outback will soon begin.
(Josiah in Bali, Indonesia)
To follow Josiah on his journey through Australia check out his blogs and Facebook page below!