Four years ago keep-fit enthusiast Mike Roots was bored with grinding out the miles
on his exercise bike so decided to make it a little more adventurous. Anglia Press
agency reported that the 57 old decided to turn his training into a virtual world-tour.
Mike was quoted as saying: "Just sitting on an exercise bike is really boring
so I decided to make it an adventure."
Using maps to plot his progress Mike has so far covered 35,000, without even reaching
the kichen! He estimates that it will take him another nine years to cicumnavigate.
So far Mike has had a few lucky escapes including narrowly ‘missing’ last year’s
earthquake in Turkey by just 48 hours and avoiding Rebel clashes in Russia’s Black
"My friends and family think I am mad," added Mr Roots, who watches videos
of the Tour de France while cycling, pedalling harder to keep up with the bunch.
‘I love cycling but it is just too dangerous out the roads these days. THis way I
get the guide books and maps and learn all about the countries on my route so it’s
like being on holiday."
"I keep and eye on what is happening in the particular country I am passing
through. If there are storms I imagine it is slowing me down," he said, "but
I don’t need jabs, a passport and I don’t have to worry about things like gippy tummy,
sunstroke or frostbite."
Think that’s wierd – check out SIZE="2" FACE="Arial">this link to Atari’s
"Puffer Project" which is closer than we find comfortable…