The Welshman who went around the world on a bike
HIS epic round-the-world bike ride has taken him from the streets of Calcutta to the Andes mountains — and finally back home to Swansea.
Greg Healey has spent the last seven months in the saddle, completing his amazing 20,000 mile two-wheeled trek — and he says he hopes his trip will help to inspire other people to embark on their own adventures.
The former Bishopston School and Gorseinon College student’s roadtrip has taken him through Europe, and on to South America where he crossed Argentina and Chile before heading north.
Then it was into the US and a ride from Miami to Los Angeles before hoping across the Pacific to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand and then pedalling across India.
Finally he went to Turkey and the Balkans and back into Europe — before riding down Swansea’s High Street on his way back home to Mayals.
The 32-year-old said: “Cycling is such a unique way of seeing a culture and seeing how people really live — it is fascinating, you’ll never go back top a tourist bus again.
“I have meet so many amazing, inspiring people.”
Along the way the former financial services worker slept where he could, spending 200 nights camping everywhere from fields and under bridges to the grounds of a Buddhist monastery.
His food was whatever the locals ate — from bread and cheese to curry to Big Macs — with his diet changing every couple of weeks as the countries changed.
And he kept his schedule as flexible as possible taking advice from locals on the best roads to take — and the ones to avoid — and what sights to see.
And finally he made it back to Britain, and after a fish and chips dinner he today cycled from Bristol to Swansea, following the A48 into his hometown.
“When I cam over the hill and saw the steelworks, and in the distance the silhouette of Mumbles head and the lighthouse, I had huge grin on my face,” he said.
“I am looking forward to catching up with friends and family — and I probably need a hair cut too.
“I hope my trip gives people the mentality of ‘he can do, I do can do it too’.
“I hope people will go off and have their own adventures - maybe not today and maybe not tomorrow but I hope I can break down some barriers and help people realise they can go and do these things.”