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Rossie to Aussie: A Month of Cycling Adventures and 10 months more!

Rossie to Aussie: A Month of Cycling Adventures and 10 months more!

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Hey everyone, it’s me Fergal and it's been over a month since I embarked on my Rossie to Aussie challenge, cycling through 25 countries all the way to Australia. I believe an update would be fantastic to share where we all stand because this journey isn't just mine alone. It belongs to all of you who are cheering me on, urging me to keep pedalling forward.
I want to kick things off by expressing my heartfelt gratitude to Clarity Locums for their unwavering support. From zoom calls with the team to Anthony himself driving down to Roscommon to deliver my bike bags (pannier bags) in person, their support has been phenomenal. It's been a pleasure working with them, and I'm thrilled to keep the team updated on my adventures.

The Journey Begins

Leaving my hometown in Arigna County Roscommon on the 10th of March was a surreal experience. The local community lined the roads, waving flags and banners as I set off on this incredible journey. With a fire brigade escort through Drumshanbo and onwards towards Carrick on Shannon, the send-off was nothing short of memorable. After spending a night at my sister's place near Mullingar and another in Dublin, I boarded the W.B Yeats ferry from Dublin Port to Cherbourg in France.

The past month: Adventures Across France, Switzerland, Germany and Austria. I spent two weeks in France (from the 13th to the 26th of March), cycling from Cherbourg towards Paris and meeting up with some of my friends there. I then continued east, wild camping underneath vineyards in the Champagne region until I reached Switzerland. I spent three days there (from the 26th to the 28th), staying with members of the Irish Business Network in Switzerland before crossing into Germany near Lake Constance and cycling 180 km in one day to make it to Munich. I spent a total of seven days in Germany (from the 29th to the 4th of April), four of those in Munich with my three friends who live there. We explored the city and got some much-needed rest over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

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I crossed into Austria via Salzburg, which is a beautiful city, and headed south through the Alps, encountering incredibly difficult mountains where I ended up cycling past ski resorts with people skiing in the snow around me. I spent four days in Austria (from the 5th to the 9th), where I briefly crossed into Italy before landing myself in Slovenia. Cycling towards Lake Bled, I had a much-needed swim (or rather, wash) in the lake before making it to the capital, Ljubljana, where I am currently.

Navigating Unexpected Turns

Flexibility has been key on this journey. Meeting an Australian bike-packer led to detours through Switzerland as I’ve decided to cycle with him for 2 days. Additionally, venturing into northwest Italy before crossing into Slovenia was another unexpected turn, showcasing the unpredictability and excitement of travel.

Looking Ahead

Looking ahead, my route takes me to Croatia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, and finally Greece. With family members planning to join me along the way, I'm eager to explore new territories and embrace the challenges that lie ahead.

Gratitude and Reflections

I'm incredibly grateful for the support I've received from family, friends, and companies like Clarity Locums. The journey hasn't been without its challenges, from finding suitable camping spots to navigating unfamiliar terrain. Yet, the kindness of strangers and the beauty of the world around me continue to inspire me every day.

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If You're Curious:

Many of you have been asking about my setup and how I manage on the road. Travelling light is key, and my minimalistic setup includes essentials like a tent, sleeping bag, camping stove, and limited clothing and toiletries. It's all about finding what works for you and embracing the journey, one pedal stroke at a time.

My alter ego:

I am an agency nurse, which gives me the flexibility to manage my schedule according to my lifestyle preferences. Recently, I came across Clarity Locums' campaign, "Locuming Lets Me Live," and it resonated deeply with me. This campaign perfectly encapsulates the essence of agency nursing – the ability to work, earn, and still live life on your own terms. It's empowering to know that I can pursue my passions and enjoy the freedom to create the lifestyle I desire while continuing to excel in my nursing career.

The Goal:

Just one month into my challenge, we've already raised almost €15,000, with 10 months to go. While our target is €40,000, every contribution makes a difference for the benefit of North West Stop and Mayo Roscommon Hospice, and I'm grateful for the support as we strive towards this incredible goal.

If you wish to donate or check its progress, please CLICK HERE.

As I continue pedalling towards my ultimate goal of reaching Sydney, I'm filled with a sense of excitement and anticipation. With each passing mile, I'm reminded of the incredible generosity and resilience of the human spirit, and I'm honoured to be on this journey, sharing my experiences with all of you.

Talk to you soon and until the next update!

Instagram: @rossie_to_aussie


Posted on 17 April 2024 by Fergal Guihen
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