For German man Helmut Meyer, riding around Australia is not only a great way to see the country, it's a great way to make a difference in the lives of others.
The 52-year-old from Bersenbruck has spent the past 65 days riding around NSW, Victoria and Queensland raising money for the Umunumo Circle of Friends, a charity that helps establish clean drinking water projects in Africa.
His second time pedalling along our roads in the name of the cause, Mr Meyer said he'd been lucky enough to see a number of special sights this time around.
Stopping at Bennetts Head on his arrival in Forster, he caught his first ever glimpse of a whale, while in Victoria he came across a koala crossing a road, and in Western NSW he was given the opportunity to pat a dingo.
Being nesting season, he's also had numerous close encounters with magpies, who he calls his 'special friends'.
Apart from the joys of seeing the countryside and interacting with wildlife, his latest journey has also seen him connect with Australian people along the way, many of who have supported his cause by offering him a meal and a place to stay for the night.
"I have such a good experience with Australians," he said.
"You live in paradise."
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A keen cyclist who works as a bicycle postman back in Germany, Mr Meyer has raised close to 10,000 euros for the Umunumo Circle of Friends over three separate journeys - an 8271km ride around Australia in 2015, a 7875km ride through Scandinavia and Eastern Europe in 2017, and this year's more modest expedition of 5500km.
And while riding an average of 90 kilometres per day isn't everyone's idea of fun, it is for Mr Meyer.
"I enjoy this," he said.
"It's adventure time."
Combined with the fact his adventures are helping to bring clean drinking water to villages in Africa, it's also much more than that.
"This is my way for happiness," Mr Meyer said.
"We have all the possibilities to make this world a better place."
With just 12 days to go on his trip, My Meyer plans to make his way to Sydney, where he'll leave his bike at the St Mary's Cathedral in the hope that someone else will use it for a charity ride.
"I want to inspire others to do the same," he said.
Mr Meyer will be riding through Seal Rocks today, October 23.
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