On Friday July 30th. 2017, on the day he retires from a long career as a primary school teacher, Dermot Higgins will set out from his home in Rush, North Co. Dublin on an epic bicycle journey of staggering endurance with two goals in mind:- To circle the entire globe, winding up where he started and at 55 years old, to become the oldest person in the world to so.
Dermot is a relatively new convert to cycle touring, having spent many years running, hiking and kayaking. Now, he’s about to apply to his passion to travel and see the whole world by the force of the pedals under his feet. Dermot plans to cycle through Europe, into Asia via Turkey and from there through Iran into South Eastern Asia. He hopes to cycle along Australia’s Eastern coast arriving in Melbourne in time for Christmas. Dermot will then cycle the length of New Zealand and finish by crossing the United States, flying across the Atlantic to Spain and pedalling back to where he started.
The total distance is over 40,000km. and Dermot believes he can cover the distance in 9 months, averaging 160 km. per day, with one rest day every week. His aim is to finish this cycling pilgrimage in Ireland on Easter Sunday, April 1st. 2018.
As a teacher and an active environmentalist, Dermot is passionate about educating people to protect our planet. On this trip he will visit schools, projects and other organisations all over the world spreading the message of ‘The UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development’, a series of ambitious targets set and agreed by world leaders aiming to end extreme poverty, inequality and to tackle climate change.
He has written to the heads of state of all of the countries he’s visiting asking for a meeting and an expression of their commitment to the Global Goals.
Dermot is confident about recruiting sponsors for this endeavour. He will be working in partnership with and supported by Irish Aid Organisation, Trocaire, a global charity which shares his interests and ideals. Their fundraising target is €50,000. Sponsorship will enable him to assemble a support team so he won’t have to risk all of this alone.
Dermot’s wife, Isobel and his 15 year old son, Fionn hope to travel for most of the journey along with him in a campervan. He also hopes to have a land based team at home, handling all the other necessary issues,-visas, finances, navigation and of course blogging and social media.
‘Travelling around the globe , under my own power will be my life’s ambition realised.’ said Dermot. ‘Having the opportunity to promote the Global Goals is the icing on the cake!’
Read more about Dermot’s trip on his website at gogodermo.com.