Express & Echo
March 16 1999
Vroom with a view
City biker to see the world on chairty trek
by Ruth Wood
An Exeter biker is preparing to tour the globe on his motorcycle to raise cash for humanitarian aid.
Simon Milward, from Whipton, will be wheeling across 75 countires to generate money for a national charity called Riders for Health.
The charity supplies motorbikes which enable medical deliveries to reach remote parts of Africa which are inaccessible to other sorts of vehicles ...
Simon said: "It's always been a lifelong dream of mine to go round the world on a bike. It's just the freedom. You get to fel all your senses. You are part of the experience, instead of being shut in a metal box with wheels."
Simon is General Secretary of a Brussels-based lobbying group which aims to ensure that motorcyclists get a fair deal when new laws are passed.
Now he has taken a year off and will take to the road this November on a custom-built bike designed by his friend John T.
Simon said: "The bike's got to cope with everything from deserts to jungles. In Siberia I'll be riding along a 100 mile stretch with no road and no track to follow."
Another tough challenge for intrepid Simon will be making his way across some of the world's most dangerous political hot spots.
He explained: "It's looking a bit dodgy at the moment in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, but I'd like to get across Africa on way or another."
At the moment he is planning to start off in South Africa, then fly to South America, travel the length of the Americas to Alaska, cross to Siberia and the journey through the former Soviet Union to Mongolia and China.
From there he will travel through South East Asia, across to Australia and then back across India, the Middle East and Europe.
Although he is going solo, Simon will share his 18-month adventure via email with his sponsors. Devon email users can keep track of Simon's adventures in all corners of the world for just 7 pounds.
They will also receive a special metal badge.
Simon is hoping to take a digital camera so he can record his voyage, possible for us on television when he returns.
He would also like to hear from companies which could privide the equipment he will need to send emails while on the move.
To sponsor Simon or for more details contact Bridge Motorcycles in Alphinbrook Road, Exter on 01392 260200.