Israeli cyclist on world tour arrives in Melbourne

June 27, 2011 by Elly Shalev
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An Israeli cyclist riding his bike around the world has just arrived in Melbourne on the Australian leg of his four year journey.

Roei and Orly get close to Melbourne

Roei Sadan, known affectionately as ‘Jinji’, is a 28-year-old Israeli with a long, red beard and a love of adventure.

Jinji aims to see the world ‘his way’, while inspiring and educating locals of every country to follow their dreams.

Jinji has met life-threatening obstacles on his 63,000km journey through 40 countries, including a two-week trek through 53C degree heat deep in the African desert.

He ate nothing for a week in Alaska, contracted disease in Africa, got mugged in Mexico, and was hit by a car in Bolivia.

“These nightmares are necessary for me to fulfil my dream”, Jinji says of his journey.

Jinji has visited schools and hospitals on every continent, teaching others to follow their dreams, no matter how crazy or difficult.

“There are no shortcuts to a place worth going to”.

While five years on the road has cost him two relationships, the most important woman in Jinji’s life remains – his bike Emunah (meaning “faith” in Hebrew).

His two month ride from Perth to Adelaide, via three deserts and the Red Centre, was the most challenging route on his Australian journey.

“But when I looked at the horizon, and saw the great rock of Australia – Uluru – I realised this place was worth every kilometre and every ounce of sweat and dirt.”

Jinji was accompanied on his ride to Melbourne by Orly, a vision impaired woman from Israel, who has dreamt of touring Australia. The two rode on a tandem bike from Adelaide along the Great Ocean Road.

“Cycling together is like a relationship, we need to understand each other needs and to compromise. Orly says she is giving me a lesson in real life on this journey” Roei blogged from the road.



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