Clarence Valley’s brush with painting cyclists
Steve Globe is cycling his way around Australia with his wife Miranda Free, who follows him with a little yellow tear drop trailer and paints the scenery, to raise $50,000 for charity.
Mr Globe and Mrs Free are aiming to raise money for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation after their son-in-law recently began chemotherapy for Brain Cancer after four years in remission.
"He did really well for four years but had a not-so-good MRI about a month ago has had to start chemo last week," Mr Globe said.
Despite the prognosis, the two remain positive about his future, "we're sure he's going to be okay, and he's doing well so far," he said.
"It's quite a low five year survival rate, only around 30 percent," Mrs Free said.
The Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is aiming to bring the survival rate up to 50 percent, she said.
Mr Globe, who is an Electrical Engineer in their home of Perth, cycles between 100 to 130 kilometres a day before settling down for the night with Mrs Free where they are staying.
"That would take him between five on a really good day to seven or maybe eight hours if it's a really tough day,
"I will spend a few hours a day after he has left doing an artwork," Mrs Free said.
"It will be close to twenty-thousand kilometres when we're finished," Mr Globe said about their eight month trip.
The two started their trip in Perth and made their way to eastern Australia across the Nullarbor Plain, where Mr Globe experienced the most difficult conditions of the trip.
"In the middle of Australia there's not a lot of water available anywhere and it's a long way between road houses,
"Some of those really hot days I was relying on Miranda to fill up my five or so litres of water I went through," Mr Globe said.
Mrs Free had always wanted to travel Australia in a tear drop caravan and paint the landscape, and Mr Globe had always dreamed of cycling the country. So the two set out to raise awareness and money to honour their son-in-law and live out their life-long dreams.
"I certainly enjoy challenging myself, and to do 100 kilometres is not a real challenge for someone who rides a lot, but to do it day after day and no matter what the weather is, no matter what the terrain is like is a real challenge.
"For me it's a personal sense of accomplishment," Mr Globe said.
For Mrs Free, who's main aim is to document the landscape every 100 kilometres, wants to record the site, the GPS coordinates, and to collect soil to make oil paints when they return home.
"My idea was to kind of document the country in that way and have a body of work that was something to leave behind," she said.
Mrs Free who is usually an oil painter has been challenging herself to use as many different mediums as possible to represent the Australian landscape in her artworks.
"I've used about 10 different mediums as we've been going," Mrs Free said.
The two have faced a few different obstacles during their trip from managing Mr Globe's diet to ensure he ate enough, to having his main bike stolen in Melbourne. They managed get the bike back through a social media appeal, but it had been badly damaged.
From the Clarence Valley, Mr Globe and Mrs Free are heading inland towards Brisbane.
To donate, visit: http://www.curebraincancer.org.au/my-fundraising/9869/australiacycling