World bike trek

Scott Jeffery left London 12 months ago and has just visited the Barossa Valley on his 25,000 kilometre push bike trek to Sydney.

The journey starts from his father's birthplace in Welling, Kent, United Kingdom, and ends at  his birthplace in Mona Vale, Sydney, Australia.

Scott is raising money for the Prostrate Cancer Foundation of Australia and Sustrans, a UK group promoting sustainable transport - push bike riding, hiking and walking. 

Funds raised for Sustrans go towards building infrastructure for these methods of transport/activities.

After leaving London on his trek, Scott has ended up in the Barossa by default.

A chance meeting in the Northern Territory of Barossans, Trevor and Barbara Fromm, from Williamstown and their friends Brian and Jill Alcorn has found Scott in the Barossa.

The two couples were holidaying at Mataranka in a camp ground when they got talking to Scott and invited him to the Barossa and he is now working in their vineyard for Te Aro Estate.

"I think when we met in Mataranka, they could see that I was hot and tired and needed a good feed," Scott said.

Although the Barossa wasn't on Scott's itinerary, he is really glad that he has made the trip.

"The Fromm's have made me so welcome and I am very impressed by the Barossa Valley and the hospitality of Barossa people.

"It's been an incredible journey so far riding through northern and eastern Europe, Turkey, Iran, India, China, through South East Asia.

I have spent a few nights sleeping in police stations just to keep safe in some areas and I have been to places in Indonesia where they have never seen white people," Scott said.

People in Australia and people in poor countries are very giving and supportive towards Scott and his trek.

The Fromm's have enjoyed showing Scott around the Barossa and introducing him to Barossa wine and food.

Barbara said, "It is an absolute delight and enlightening to support Scott in his great quest, as a family and as a business.

"We have learnt a lot from Scott and his travels - we now have a new respect for cyclists," Barbara added.

Scott hopes to be finishing his journey on the northern beaches of Sydney by December.

You can make donations by visiting keeponpushing.me and clicking on the link.

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