Charitable champ takes long way home
Published 18/01/2010 | 05:00
A champion surfer is trading wave power for pedal power to travel home to Australia from Ireland.
Former Australian bodyboarding champion Kate Moloney (27) was drawn to Strandhill, Co Sligo, last June because of its surfing.
Now, the graphic designer is planning the journey home but instead of flying, she intends navigating the 17,000km trip by trains, boats and her trusty bicycle, with the aim of raising €100,000 for charity.
"I want to see beautiful landscapes, so cycling enables me to do that. It's a challenge," she explained.
Kate is putting the finishing touches to her route, which she estimates will take up to six months to complete.
Setting out from Strandhill on her bicycle in May she will get a ferry to France and then cycle down the through the country, crossing into Spain and then Italy and Greece.
She then plans to cycle through Slovenia, crossing by ferry to the Baltic countries and on to Tallin, and then by bicycle to St Petersburg.
There, she hopes to catch the trans-Siberian train, cycling again from Beijing to Hong Kong, where she will catch a freight ship to Brisbane before the final cycle home. In all, she will cover around 8,600km on her bicycle.
"My mum said if I was going to paddle back on my surfboard to Australia she would be less worried than she is about me cycling across Europe," she said.
Her progress can be followed on her website, www.katescycle.com.