Hero’s welcome for dogged rider
NO FLAT tyre, knee injury or even a centipede bite were ever going to stop Will Ashley from completing his 3000km bicycle ride to raise money for cancer research.
The journey, from Daly Waters in the Northern Territory to Coffs Harbour, took 25 days, with Will cycling about 10 hours each day.
On Wednesday, the 19-year-old rode into a packed assembly hall at his former school, Bishop Druitt College (BDC), where he received a hero's welcome.
He is close to reaching his $10,000 goal, with a mufti-day held at the school expected to raise the final amount needed to hit the mark.
Will said a couple of his highlights were living the simple life and having his dad, Grant, there for a leg of the journey.
He said he's inspired by Australian adventurers like James Castrission and Justin Jones (better known as Cas and Jonesy), who kayaked across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand, and also Jessica Watson, the youngest person to sail solo around the world. "Out there in the middle of nowhere, alone, you have to learn to motivate yourself," Will said.
From the stage at BDC, he gave some advice to students about achieving their aims.
"Make steps; don't try to achieve it all in one chunk. And don't be afraid to get help. You don't have to do it all alone. Set your goals and make them achievable."