On Wednesday July 22nd, we had a very entertaining and informative talk by Pam Goodall who with her 60th birthday approaching, made the daring decision to ride alone round the world by bicycle. It was the Millenium and she said, “It seemed like a good idea at the time.” She knew nothing about bikes and although she carried a tent, had no idea where she would be sleeping each night. Undeterred by warnings of danger from complete strangers, she generally met with helpfulness and overwhelming hospitality. Invited for a quick cup of tea in Pakistan, she ended up staying for 5 days. In India, she had a crash in which her bike was extensively damaged. However she was soon rescued by a lorry driver and driven for 5 hours without a word being spoken. Her bike was speedily repaired for very little money and she appeared on Good Morning India Breakfast TV still sporting two black eyes from the crash. Other stories included facing intimidation from angry youths in Romania, hostility from other road users in Laos and the difficulty and expense of obtaining visas in certain countries.
Lasting just over a year, Pam’s travels covered 10,000 miles and 20 countries. In the process, she lost two stone in weight. A few weeks after returning home, she was injured in an accident in Wimbledon and spent six weeks with her leg in plaster. No one had warned her about the dangers of cycling in Wimbledon. Her fascinating story is told in her book, “Riding It Out.”
Joyce Winship thanked Pam on behalf of the club for giving us such a vivid account of her amazing experiences during the course of her travels.
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