Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ken's Epic Ride around Australia

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ken's Epic Ride around Australia

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Byline: Andrew Korner andrew.korner@qt.com.au

THERE were moments during Ken Wilson's torturous 14,000km bicycle journey around Australia when he could easily have packed it in.

The Ipswich school teacher had a point to prove, however, and bitumen-melting 50-degree heat, howling headwinds and freezing cold rain were not going to defeat him.

In addition to his own deep-seated desire to set a good example for young people and assure himself that he was capable of achieving such an epic task, Mr Wilson wanted to use his six-month bike journey to campaign for the fair treatment of refugees in this country.

Donning a shirt that read Free the Refugees, Mr Wilson left Ipswich on his bike - carrying only a small tent, sleeping bag, an esky, clothing and water - on a chilly morning on June 19.

With trailer in tow, he rode north to Townsville, west to Mt Isa, then on to Katherine, Broome, down to Perth, then on to Kalgoorlie and across the Nullarbor Plain to Adelaide, before rounding Melbourne and heading up to Sydney and then up the east coast back to Ipswich. …

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