Love powers actor’s pedals
LOVE can inspire us to do crazy things, but surely riding 15,000km around Australia on a unicycle is unique.
Well, Melbourne actor Samuel Johnson is certainly hoping he breaks a record - The Guinness Book of Records for longest journey on a unicycle, that is - and all in the name of love for his sister Connie who is battling breast cancer.
After Connie, 36, was diagnosed with the condition, she talked her younger brother Samuel, 35, into spreading the word about early detection as the key to survival.
The Love Your Sister uni
cycle tour idea started as a joke, then morphed into a year-long campaign that would see the former The Secret Life of Us TV star, Samuel, dressed in pink lycra unicycling through some of the most remote parts of Australia to raise $1million and raise awareness of breast cancer.
Yesterday the Love Your Sister unicyclist pedalled into Byron Bay to tick another amazing part of Australia off the "bucket list" that Connie is experiencing vicariously though her brother.
After being on the road for nine months and having survived all manner of challenges along the way - including splitting a cycle frame in half along the corrugated 640km, unsealed Oodnadatta Track in South Australia, doing a couple of laps around Byron Bay's iconic lighthouse was the easiest of the "dares" he has been set in each town, Samuel said.
The most difficult part of the journey so far is that he is away from his sister.
"Every day people tell me their stories, and I never tire of talking to them," Samuel said.
"Every piece of encouragement from a breast cancer survivor keeps me going.
"It makes what I am doing seem very small and unimportant compared to their experiences.
"Whenever (the journey) gets to me, Connie reminds me that this is bigger than us; she calms me down," he said.
The Love Your Sister tour was to arrive at Lismore late yesterday, then leave today for Grafton on the way down the coast to Melbourne. Donate to Love Your Sister at http://www.loveyoursister.org.