In April, Charlie Maslin will ride his bike 4,000km across the heart of Australia. From Western Australia to Port Augusta in South Australia, down to the Clare Valley; onto Mildura and into NSW across the Hay Plains, through Tumut and Cooma to the finish line on the South Coast near Merimbula.

***UPDATE – 27th April2021***

HE MADE IT!

Charlie finally finished the last leg of his crazy 4100km, 12-month bike ride.

You can read about his adventure  on his new blog, acrossaus.com, where he has posted updates and insights in his journey.

And, he is still very happy for you to make a donation for his great efforts! 

***UPDATE – 26th March 2021***

An update from Charlie:

I’ve made it into WA with about 4 day’s left to do in SA a when I finish. We are doing some bits (of the long stretches) on the way over and will fill in all the gaps on the way back.

I’m over half way now and clicked over about the 2,100km mark today, so all going well.

 

***UPDATE – 17th March 2021***

Charlie emailed to let us know that he set off on the bike again for Perth on the 17th March, and made it to Narrandera.

He says he basically got Port Augusta to Perth to do, so will do some on the way over to keep fit and make it easier for for his support crew, and then will fill in all the rest on the way back. He hopes to do  do roughly one third on the way over and the remaining two thirds on the way back.

***UPDATE – 16th NOVEMBER***

With the border open and before it gets too hot, Charlie did a bit more of the ride in South Australia. He made it from Renmark to Port Augusta in 4 days, so now just has a bit to fill in from Port Augusta to Perth!

A bit over a third done!!

After Port Augusta, Charlie took a week off, to have a bit of a break as it had been quite a while without any time off. He hopes do the remainder next March/April if all to the west remains open.

 

***UPDATE – APRIL***

Charlie was on the way to Perth to get going on his ride when the Coronavirus pandemic hit. So instead, he started at Mildura for the NSW leg and then rode 500 km back to Narrandera before accommodation all ground to a halt. He loved riding all of the Hay Plains, except for a persistent easterly wind which made things challenging at times.

He is back safe at home for now, and when we have the all clear from COVID-19 restrictions, he complete the last legs of NSW and then head to Perth and come back to Mildura, to link all the legs of the ride together. He says ‘it’s not the way planned but will get it all done as best as possible in the new COVID state of play’.

Be sure to keep checking back, and we will let you know when Charlie is again on the bike!

Charlie will be raising funds for Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) and its local volunteer-run foundations along the way.

For every $1 you donate to Charlie’s ride, 90% will go to assisting rural and regional students access further education.

You can show your support for Charlie and the CEF, by donating in one of the ways outlined.

CEF supports rural and regional students undertaking any type of study after school. From TAFE to apprenticeships and employment-related training; to university study in all areas of interest at institutions across the country.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

“Not only has this CEF grant helped me to buy a much needed new computer, but it has also been a source of great comfort and support. It has given me peace of mind in a new place with new people.”

Mikyla McGuirk-Scolaro – Temora grant recipient, 2019

“Fundamentally – travel is such a huge cost and I do a lot of it daily. Ultimately, finance is huge in Sydney and there are endless expenses living there. This grant has not only helped me financially, but it allowed me to become motivated.”

Blake Mannes – Coleambally/Darlington Point grant recipient, 2019