Pedalling for health

PERSEVERANCE: Darwin mayor Katrina Fong Lim with Paul Lamb and volunteers from the Motor Neurone Disease foundation. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

PERSEVERANCE: Darwin mayor Katrina Fong Lim with Paul Lamb and volunteers from the Motor Neurone Disease foundation. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

DETERMINATION: Paul Lamb at Lake Weeroona, where he started his journey. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

DETERMINATION: Paul Lamb at Lake Weeroona, where he started his journey. Picture: JIM ALDERSEY

HEALTH fanatic Paul Lamb goes the extra mile in his effort to educate Australians about the benefits of healthy eating. 

Last week Mr Lamb, who has had a strict wholefoods, plant-based diet for the past 30 years, arrived in Darwin after 25 days of sweating it out on an intense 4000-kilometre bike ride from Bendigo.

I’ve come all the way from Melbourne just using my legs. - Paul Lamb

Mr Lamb completed the ride to raise money for two causes he is passionate about and to spread the message about filling your body with nutritious meals. 

 Money raised from the endeavour, which Mr Lamb is yet to total, will go to the Orangutan Foundation and the Motor Neurone Association.

Mr Lamb said the ride was not only physically challenging but also a test of mental endurance due to the abundance of road trains - gigantic freight trailers - on the roads of Central Australia.

"It was very, very dangerous," Mr Lamb said of his experience bike riding alongside the enormous vehicles.

"I was on edge ... I couldn't lose my concentration for one second.

"I have ridden from Adelaide to Darwin 14 years ago ... the traffic has built up far more since then."

Mr Lamb said another surprise was the lack of healthy food available in Central Australian towns. 

He said that in many remote areas the only food for sale was at roadhouse restaurants, which served "meat, meat and more meat".

"Everything was fried or on a hotplate with lots of oil and grease," he said.

"The only vegetables available were chips."

Mr Lamb said that even in larger towns, such as Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory, there was a lack of fresh vegetables and fruit available.

He said that many people he encountered had "atrocious" diets.

He said he felt a deep sense of relief and achievement upon arriving in Darwin.

“It was quite amazing – I got to Darwin and I thought, 'Hey I'm here!'" he said.

 "'I’ve come all the way from Melbourne just using my legs'."

Upon arriving in Darwin Mr Lamb was greeted by mayor Katrina Fong Lim, who presented him with a donation of $500 to the Motor Neurone Association.

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