A month into her record-breaking and fundraising trip across Australia on an elliptical cycle, Emma Timmis says the kindness of people she has met along the way has been a highlight.
“The kindness and generosity of the Australian people has been a highlight for me,” she said.
“I’ve been blown away by how kind they’ve been – people have stopped to offer me water, food, accommodation and made donations to my cause.”
Ms Timmis passed through Ceduna on Saturday on day 30 of her trek from Denham in Western Australia to Byron Bay in New South Wales.
At 3300 kilometers into an 8000 kilometer trip, she said she had taken just two days off so far and hoped to reach her final destination within 80 days.
“I’m a runner and so I love riding this cycle,” she said.
“Some people don’t understand why I’d do a running motion on a bike, but this was designed to help runners coming back from injury and I feel fine every day when riding from sunrise to sunset.
“I don’t feel sore the next morning.”
The English woman said there were multiple reasons for undertaking the trip, especially after spending time in Africa.
“I wanted to do a project which incorporated aspects I’m passionate about, including travelling, the outdoors and exercise, and so I created this physical travelling journey to push myself to the limit,” she said.
“I want to break the Guinness Book of Records for distance travelled on a elliptical cycle and also raise money to educate children in Uganda and Sierra Leone.
“I am hoping to raise $10,000 and so far I have raised $3000.”
Ms Timmis said she also wanted to explore the Australian coast and have a huge adventure along the way, while crossing the Nullarbor was something she most looked forward to.
“It was stunning to go across the Nullarbor, there was always something to look at and I’m still taking it in – although the wind proved a challenge,” she said.
“That has been the biggest difficulty so far and even some of the roads which are quite hilly and that can be difficult when you are towing a trailer.
“But it has been a beautiful trip so far, it really is a beautiful country.”
Port Lincoln, Port Augusta and Adelaide are Ms Timmis’ next major stops as she heads toward Byron Bay.
To donate to her cause visit emmatimmis.com.