Meeting Minutes - Ian Evans: Australia by Bike-South to North - Jan. 24th. 2019
President Martin Alderwick opened the meeting at 9:55 am welcoming all members and a special welcome to today’s guest presenter, Ian Evans as well as our newest member, Bruce Friendship. There were 44 members present including three guests, Tony Hayes, Gerry Misener, and Detlan Schultz who were all introduced.
Announcements Activities – Ray Biffis - January 30th @ 10:00 am – visit to the Art Gallery of Guelph at a cost of $5:00 per person and spouses are included in this event; (pay at the door) - February 14th @6:00 pm – Valentine’s Day Dinner at Ben Thanh Restaurant on Woodlawn Rd. at a cost of $20 per person. Next meeting will be the last day to signup.
Coffee – Andy Curtis - Next Thurs, Jan. 31st at the Symposium Restaurant and the Airpark Café.
Next Meeting: February 7th, 2019 presenter TBA
Julian Sale introduced Ian Evans.
Bio: Ian has embraced adventure all his life - from scaling the shed roof at aged 3 to skiing to the South Pole at aged 58. He has also climbed 5 of the "7 Summits" ", cycled 5,000 KMS solo & unsupported across Australia (twice) around the coastline of Iceland and to the Arctic Ocean and run 10 marathons. But the thing about Ian is that he is an ordinary guy, from a rural background in England, who has decided to push himself to achieve extraordinary things at the very edge of his own comfort zone. He is not an explorer, world record holder or super-fit world-class endurance athlete, but is a Chartered Accountant who has led in many ways a regular life.
Presentation Ian Evans It is over 40 degrees C, the bike is buried to the axles in soft sand and there are millions of flies trying to get in your eyes, nose, ears, and mouth. And you still have 2,500 KMS to go. Welcome to cycling through the Australian outback. Ever since my earlier expedition in 2012, I had always wanted to revisit Australia and especially the centre with Alice Springs and Uluru. When in the fall of 2016, 2 friends suggested that we go, the expedition was on! We did lots of research and decided to follow the track of the first European to complete the trek from Adelaide to Darwin through the outback, even starting at the same house he did in 1862.
Thus begins Ian Evans’s account of his bicycling trip across Australia from south to north in 2016.