Our heroes this week are a team of 8 mates that embarked on an adventure ride from the most Western Point of Australia to the most Eastern Point. Not only is this trip ticking off a bucket list item but is also raising funds for Parkinson’s research. The group bypassed roads for dirt tracks and made their way across the country. With 2 in the group living with Parkinson’s, it’s a cause close to their hearts.
What is the connection to Parkinson’s within the group
Two of the group have Parkinson’s. Noel was diagnosed about 8 years ago and Andrew 2 years ago. Both are committed to staying physically fit and active and realised the motorbike ride would be a great way to raise awareness, not only for Parkinson’s research but also awareness about the benefits of staying active and taking on challenges.
Why Shake It Up Australia?
Shake it Up is already making milestones in aiding Parkinson’s research so it seemed the obvious choice.
Tell us about the ride
The ride was conceived by Harry, about 10 years ago, as an adventure to ride a motorbike from the most western point of Australia to the most eastern point. About 18months ago Harry, Noel, Jim and Dave, after several bike trips together, decided they would all love to attempt crossing “The Island”. Of course, they would need support vehicles and crew so together with Phil and Andrew formulated a plan to put it into action. Scotty and TC, like minded adventurers, were also asked to join the crew.
The ride will be approximately 6,200 kms travelling on rough dirt tracks across some of the remotest parts of Australia. The arrived in Monkey Mia on the 19th and then rode to Meekatharra arriving on the 21st. From there along the Blackstone/ Warburton road to Irrunytju. After this to Amata or Musgrave Park and then onto Mulga Park just south of the NT border, then onto Curtin Springs and Alice Springs. From Alice Springs they will plan their next route through to Byron Bay. It is expected to take 3-4 weeks, as they are travelling on tracks more than roads, it is a bit of an unknown.
Best advice for people looking to Shake It Up?
Keep your mind and body active and healthy and don’t assume the worst outcome, fight for the best outcome.
Below are just a few pictures of their journey so far.
There are also plenty of ways you can help make a difference. Visit our ‘Getting Involved’ page and let’s Shake It Up for a Cure.