The Freebird Times - Issue 3

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WELCOME HOME!

GO GO DERMO

WELCOME HOME!

Freebird Club member, Dermot

Higgins, battled rough weather and

even rougher terrain to cycle into the

Guinness Book of Records!

Earlier this year Dermot Higgins became the oldest

man to cycle around the globe. Dermot, and his

trusty bicycle, Karolina, started their epic journey

in June last year and arrived back in his hometown

of Rush, Co. Dublin in April 2018 after 29,000

kilometres of tough cycling over all sorts of terrain

in all sorts of weather.

A retired schoolteacher, Dermot undertook this

journey to raise awareness of the UN Global

Goals for sustainability and to raise funds for the

charity, Trocaire. An avid environmental activist,

he is passionate about educating people on ways to

protect our planet.

The Freebird Club was a proud supporter of

Dermot’s “GoGoDermo” odyssey and its founder,

Peter Mangan, said “we are immensely proud to

have sponsored such an inspirational member

and are thrilled with his outstanding achievement

in becoming the oldest man to cycle around the

world. As he travelled the world our supportive

hosts provided a warm welcome, allowing him

to rest, refresh and recuperate in their great

accommodation.”

Dermot’s adventure took him across Europe, into

Asia via Russia, Kazakhstan and then on to India.

He cycled the length of New Zealand, then went to

Australia and from there to the United States. The

final leg of his journey brought him back across the

Atlantic to Portugal and Spain.

Along the way he encountered many challenges,

life changing moments and colourful characters,

including his Freebird Club hosts! From homecooked

meals with Lyudmila in Kazakhstan,

meeting his musician heroes in Los Angeles with

host Gaili, relaxing poolside with Kelly in France,

to a final stop off in Washington - where he enjoyed

lively chats with environmental scientist, host Dean

– Dermot truly lived the ethos of the Freebird Club

which encourages those over 50 to get on their bikes

or into trains, planes and automobiles to explore the

big wide world that awaits them

6 THE FREEBIRD TIMES – ISSUE NO. 3, AUGUST 2018

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