None of this expedition could be possible without the help and support of friends and family. Although the expedition is entirely self funded, I am asking for help with the equipment needed for the endless pedalling, bitterly cold nights and hungry mornings.
The support comes from the most unusual places. It could be a simple car horn and show of support while attempting a 1500 metre vertical climb; or a hot meal after a hard day’s cycling; or a generous offer of a dry barn to sleep in. It’s often been the people I meet along the way and the offers of support that inspire me to keep pedalling. In some small way, as our paths briefly cross and we share a gesture, a beer, a meal or engage in a short conversation, I’d like to think that, in some small way, I’ve enriched their life as they’ve enriched mine.
During the CSX these encounters and offers of assistance will be documented here. It’s not only words and gestures of encouragement, but could also be gear to keep warm while cycling through Tibet, a warm place to sleep or a handful of apples from a stranger. Together we can show the world that one act of kindness can change the lives of thousands. I hope to highlight how easy it is to bridge the divide between us and them and show that everyone laughs, everyone needs food and shelter and we all have the same basic needs and human rights.
Each act of kindness deserves recognition. So, to all those that have helped in the past and all those that may help in the future, it is your kindness that spurs me and reinforces my belief in humanity and for that I will always be indebted to you! So, THANK YOU!
Jo Noble (Taree, NSW) – Matthew Kauter (Port Macquarie, NSW) – Susan Hokin (Nambucca Heads, NSW) – Ben and Amy Morris (Ballina NSW) – Annette Harrison and Grahame Priest (Gold Coast, QLD) – Beau and Zoe Fraser (Mudgeraba, QLD) – Mitchell Hokin (Browns Plains, QLD) – Libby Turner (Cabulture, QLD) – The Bensons (Rainbow Beach, QLD) – Backpackers By the Bay (Airlie Beach, QLD) – John Nayler (Best couch in the World – Airlie Beach QLD) – Toni and Bridie Murphy (Airlie Beach, QLD) – Christina, Gert and Denise (Airlie Beach, QLD) – Molongle Boat Club (Upstart Bay QLD) – Chris and Beyrl (Bunderburg, QLD) – Jo and Steve Sedgewick (Rockhampton, QLD) – Craig and Burnie (Townsville, QLD) – Dr Birchley (Innisfail, QLD) – The Coppo Family (Ingham QLD) -The Grey Family (Innisfail, QLD) – Mal and Toni of Innisfail Cycles + Sports (Innisfail QLD) – The Wilson Family (Innisfail, QLD) – Frank from Tourist Information (Burketown, QLD) – Mike from Wild Gulf Photography (Borroloola, NT) – The OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Mally Family, (Booraloola, NT) – The Takeaway Cafe (Booraloola, NT) – Booraloola Caravan Park (Booraloola, NT) – Dave Lawson (Booraloola, NT) – Normanton Bakery, (Normanton, QLD) – Suasaari and Kennedy Families (Roper Bar, NT) – Baskerville and Maxwell Families (Katherine, NT) – Lazy Lizard Caravan Park (Pine Creek, NT) – Phil and Susan of All Trails Bike Tours (Adelaide River, NT) – Adelaide River Caravan Park (Adelaide River, NT) – George and Diane (just outside of Pine Creek, NT) – Ian and Ame (Darwin, NSW) – Everyone in the Oxfam Community (Darwin, NT) – Andrea and Crystal Spinologio (Passage to Bali) – NickÂ and Maple Anthony (Phuket) and last but never least, Hannah and Pauline Perkins (for your continued effort and support of the CSX).
And finally: Friends and Sponsors of the CSX and anyone else who helped along the way
I send my sincere and humble thanks and deepest gratitude to all of you.
Ian: For the help with the logo and graphics.
Jeremy: For your enthusiastic support and encouragement.
Andrew: For the help setting up the website, the endless nagging questions and the space on your server.
Greg: For your help developing the website!
Dr Jo: For your love and support and for the understanding of the need to undertake this expedition.