A LOCAL cyclist has got on his bike for New Zealand at the age of 69.
David Fulford left the Findhorn Foundation on March 16, having spent the last two years planning the trip.
He aims to complete his journey in around 18 months by cycling 50 miles per day. From his current base in Bremen, Germany, David said: "I like challenges, I enjoy travelling and I love exercise (particularly walking) but I want to go further this time.
"I enjoy meeting new people and sharing experiences – I feel most alive doing this!
"I have been planning the trip since my mother died and I set o exactly two years to the day after her death.
"I don’t have any responsibilities now; my children are grown up so I am free to do whatever I want."
David has previously cycled to the south of Spain but decided the time was right to take on a bigger challenge.
He explained: "It feels like a rite of passage ... I had a strong feeling I had to try to make this journey ... and it would be nice to spend my 70th Birthday in China.
"In a few years time I may not be physically able to attempt this trip so I gave up my job and left while I still can."
So far, David has cycled through Scotland to Newcastle, catching a ferry to Amsterdam before cycling across Holland to Germany where he is resting for fve days with a friend in Bremen.
Next, he will head into the Czech Republic before going onto Austria, Slovenia, down to Russia then onto
Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China.
David will make his way to Singapore, y to Darwin across Australia, then from Sydney to New Zealand.
He added: "One of the biggest problems, apart from doing the distances, is getting visas.
"My plan is to cycle about 60 per cent of the time and the rest is downtime and sightseeing.
"When I can, I will stay with friends or relations of friends, or with people who are willing to host me. I have also brought a tent and cooking equipment."
David’s journey can be followed on his blog http://www.cycling-nomad.com/