Local man Jim Small rode out to Pretty Pine on Monday to greet Canberra peddler Bob Miller as part of his 5000km ride from Perth to Bondi.CASS SAVELLIS May 9, 2014 10:59am
Canberra man Bob Miller rode into Deniliquin on Monday afternoon as part of his 5000km ride from Perth to Bondi.
Mr Miller clocked 3920km as he cycled into town on his 44th day of riding.
Eighty year-old local cyclist and former state member of parliament Jim Small peddled into Deniliquin alongside Mr Miller, after riding about 30km out of Pretty Pine to meet him and also helping with a flat tyre.
Mr Miller is a good friend of Jim’s son, Richard, and spent a couple of nights at the Small family property.
After a rest day in Deniliquin and an appearance at the Rotary Club dinner on Monday night, Mr Miller was back on the road again on Wednesday.
‘‘I was well received by the Rotary Club who were very generous in donating $500 to my cause,’’ he said.
‘‘It was great to meet a number of people from the local community.
‘‘I’d also like to thank Rockets Sports for being so generous; they were fantastic helping me get the bike back on track (after the flat tyre).’’
Mr Miller also thanked the Smalls for their hospitality and donation.
‘‘One of my very good friends in Canberra is Richard, that’s how I got in contact with Jim,’’ he said.
‘‘It was great to learn about the land, and he explained how everything on the property works.’’
Mr Miller is raising funds and promoting awareness for BridgeWorks Inc in Northern Thailand, a charity supported by Australians to prevent the exploitation of children and youth of the Hill Tribe people.
‘‘I have raised close to $10,000 which is fantastic,’’ he said.
‘‘Every single cent raised goes straight into much needed work. It’s only a small group of volunteers that make up BridgeWorks.
‘‘It is led by a husband and wife team who I know through the Baptist Church in Canberra.
‘‘They have been there for 16 years with the aim to train, educate and involve the local community in the work they do.
‘‘The building they are working on will cost $300,000 so every bit helps.’’
He said the ride was ‘‘a crazy idea I had when I was about to turn 60 last June’’.
‘‘I have never been cycle touring, only on rides around town so I thought this was a really significant thing to do.
‘‘I love seeing the big, wide country skies as I’m riding.
‘‘I average about 20km per hour. It’s different viewing the scenery from a bike instead of a vehicle, you’re going a lot slower and you get a better view.
‘‘It’s not about how fast I go, it’s more about the journey.’’
When not riding, Mr Miller is an Australian photographer and educator with a specialisation in archaeological photography.
You can follow his blog http://bobcycle.wordpress.com or learn more about the charity at http://projectbridgeworks.com.
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