FRIENDS REUNITED: Avid cycler Jeremy Reed (left) is currently riding from London to Melbourne and called into Dingo Beach to visit Pat (right) and Bertha Wells last week.
FRIENDS REUNITED: Avid cycler Jeremy Reed (left) is currently riding from London to Melbourne and called into Dingo Beach to visit Pat (right) and Bertha Wells last week. CONTRIBUTED

World-riding cyclist calls into Dingo Beach

IT'S one audacious way to visit your daughter, but for 59-year-old Jeremy Reed, it's just another challenge in a lifetime of work.

Ten months ago, Mr Reed embarked on a journey from London to visit his daughter in Melbourne on a bicycle.

On January 6 he called in to visit new friends, Dingo Beach residents Pat and Bertha Wells.

It was at a lake in Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia where Pat Wells and Mr Reed met just last year.

Mr Wells was delighted and privileged to learn Mr Reed took the time out of his journey to visit him.

"I was fascinated by his adventures and said 'if you're ever coming down the east coast call into Dingo Beach', and look at us now," he laughed.

Mr Reed flew into Cairns from Bali in December last year and has since been making his way down the east coast.

He planned to stay and explore the Whitsundays for three days.

Mr Wells even promised him beers and a pub meal at the Dingo Beach Hotel.

Mr Reed plans to arrive in Melbourne sometime in March.

During his travels in Australia he will turn 60.

Although he hasn't been purposely cycling for charity, he has been riding in support of SOS Children's Villages, an organisation that helps the world's most vulnerable children and families.

So far Mr Reed has ridden through France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, China, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra, Java and Bali - just to name a few.

He has also caught ferries, planes in his journey to see his daughter.

To keep up to date with Jeremy Reed's cycling adventures follow www.justpopping outforacycleride. wordpress.com.


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