WHEN Vince McCarthy rode in to Orange early yesterday afternoon he had clocked up almost 4000 kilometres in his mammoth ride from Perth to Sydney.
Mr McCarthy, who lives in Canberra, was looking for a personal challenge during some time off work, and thought riding from Perth to Sydney would be an adventure that helped him see some of the countryside.
When his friends heard about his ride they encouraged him to ride for a good cause, and Mr McCarthy said he began reflecting on the number of people he knew who had lost a child.
“It just breaks your heart to think something so sad as losing a child with no chance to say goodbye could happen to people,” he said.
So now he is riding with a red shirt in his Sids for Kids ride which has so far raised more than $6000.
“I wasn’t prepared for the number of people who wanted to share their story with me when they found out the cause I was riding for,” he said.
“Some people have lost children decades ago and they are still deeply affected by it,” he said.
One leg of Mr McCarthy’s journey is a standout for the challenge it presented and the experience he had.
It was the Menindee to Ivanhoe leg, when the temperature soared to 46 degrees and he was pedaling on dirt road.
“It was very testing - 221 kilometres which took me 15 hours,” he said.
Halfway along that leg, with the nearest town 100 kilometres away, a local postie in his van pulled over.
“He pulled me out a cold can of soft drink and stopped to have a chat,” Mr McCarthy said.
“I was so impressed with him that I donated $10 on line for that cold can when I stopped that night.”
But the experience has been made even more memorable for Mr McCarthy.
“I later saw he donated $50 to the cause which is just fantastic,” he said.
Mr McCarthy hopes to get in to Sydney at the end of the week.
If you would like to donate to his Sids and Kids ride go to https://give.everydayhero.com/au/vince.