Biker’s Ride Around The World Goes Through SEI
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – When most folks take a bike ride it’s through their local park or down the street.
For Jason Woodhouse, he’s going a bit further. As in 18,000 miles around planet Earth.
The British 24-year-old is attempting to set a new Guinness world record for the fastest circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle.
Woodhouse hopes to complete the trip by mid-August in order to beat the unsupported world record of 163 days. He left the United Kingdom on February 18.
“Since then I’ve gone over 2,000 miles,” he said, adding he is following Guinness’ parameters to set the record.
LISTEN TO EAGLE 99.3′S INTERVIEW WITH WOODHOUSE ON OUR SOUNDBYTES PAGE.
He stopped in Lawrenceburg on Monday evening to rest for the night at the Hollywood Casino. The hotel staff afforded him a free meal.
Monday’s trip across southwest Ohio went smoothly until he ran into some trouble near Cleves.
“I had my first flat tire in 2,000 miles. There was an autoshop out there in Cleves that came to the rescue and a bike store kindly donated some new kits to get me back on the road,” he said.
After a good night’s rest, Woodhouse departed from the casino at about 9:00 a.m. Tuesday. He hopes to make Bedford, Indiana by Tuesday evening.
“I’m following Route 50 more or less all the way to Colorado. If anybody sees me, please stop and say ‘Hi,’” the cyclist said.
Once he reaches San Francisco, Woodhouse will hop a plane across the Pacific Ocean.
“I’ll fly onto New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, fly to India – with 12 days to get across India – before heading to Turkey. I’ll go over the mountains into Greece, catch a ferry to the south of Italy, work my way up through the country, go underneath the Alps back into France again. Then once I’m in France again I’ll hop on a boat and be back in the U.K.,” he explained.
Woodhouse is using his adventure to promote the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society which works to defend ocean wildlife.
Woodhouse’s entire trek is eco-conscious. His bike is made of recycled parts from other bikes. He plans for each of his overseas flights to be carbon offsetted.
Learn more about Jason’s world record attempt at www.BoyOnHisBike.com. It includes a map of the satellite unit he is using to trace his path.
“Every single day has been completely different,” Woodhouse said. “I’m loving it. I’ve met people from all walks of life.”