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German's bush odyssey

Tuesday, 24th July, 2012

Mr Leven cycling near Bunyeroo Valley Flinders Ranges. Mr Leven cycling near Bunyeroo Valley Flinders Ranges.

A German man who is riding his mountain bike around parts of Australia to raise money for the Flying Doctor should reach Broken Hill next month.

A regular visitor to Australia since 1993, Walter Leven quit his job and gave up his flat to travel through the outback areas of South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales.

The adventurer is making a documentary about his trip which he expects will take about four months and cover about 6000km.

"The trip in 2012 is not my first long distance trip through the Australian Outback but my first fundraiser trip," Mr Leven said in an online blog before beginning his journey in Adelaide on April 22.

He expected to be in Broken Hill by the start of August.

"All together it will be around 6000 kilometres with some side trips. I don't want to break a new time record or something like
that. No - I like to see something and it should be fun."

From Adelaide he travelled through Kapunda, Clare, Burra, Jamestown, Gladstone, Laura, Melrose, Wilmington, Quorn and Hawker.

"There will be some cycling along various tracks in the Flinders Ranges before I will get on my way via Parachilna and Leigh Creek to Marree," he said.

"One highlight will be the Birdsville Track which leads you of course to the famous settlement of Birdsville in Queensland.

From there the trip continues through western and central Queensland."

Mr Leven, who has been to Australia 14 times, is no stranger to its roads and tracks.

"The most outstanding trip was a 2800 kilometres mountain bike tour across the South Australian Outback in 2007."

Mr Leven said his fundraising target was $10,000 and so far he has raised $2,963.50.

To donate to the cause visit http://www.everydayhero.com.au/walter_leven_2.

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