Benevolent South West Rocks’ man Craig Jago has completed his postie bike ride to Brisbane and back to raise money for local charity The Saving Place – No Kid Hungry Au.
Early estimates indicate Mr Jago has managed to raise a commendable $3500 for the Saving Place.
“I was hoping to raise $5000 but something is better than nothing,” he said.
The journey north began on May 14 when he set off from the Rocks on his Honda CT110 postie bike determined to reach his destination and raise some much-needed funds for a worthy cause in the process.
He had planned to cruise the 1246 kilometres in five days, taking in the sites along the way. However, a severe case of saddle soreness motivated him to do it in three-and-a-half days.
Speaking from the Sunshine State’s capital at the halfway point, he told the Argus the trip was great but a damn long way on a postie bike.
“I only had one hairy moment, when a car on the Gold Coast cut me off turning a corner and I ran into the gutter – I didn’t crash but hit hard.
“Luckily, there was no damage to myself or the bike.
“You also need to keep your leg away from the exhaust pipe. It burnt a hole in my pants. I was wondering why things were a bit warm.”
Mr Jago said one of the highlights for him along the way was seeing the Cape Byron Lighthouse situated at the most eastern point of the Australian mainland.
“It was the first time I had ever been there. It’s a lovely area,” he said.
The committed postie philanthropist finished the return leg this morning, arriving back in Kempsey just after 10.30am.
The Argus congratulates Mr Jago on his tremendous effort.