UPDATE: Tim Bridgman has completed his bicycle journey around the globe, finishing the trek when he rode into Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Go here for a story of his venture published by his hometown English newspaper, the Express & Echo. Our original story is below.
(Originally published 6/18/16)
• Go here for a CNN story and video on this remarkable journey.
On June 4, 2012, Sharon and Tim Bridgman set off from Norway to cycle unsupported and self-funded around the world to raise awareness and support of ShelterBox.
They rode through Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and East Africa to Capetown, South Africa, passing through 23 countries and covering 15,939 miles. They then headed to the southern tip of Argentina and rode north, passing between Chile and Argentina before reaching Bolivia. At this point they had covered just under 21,000 miles through 26 countries.
On April 26, 2014, in a remote area of southwest Bolivia just seven weeks short of their second anniversary on the trek, Sharon was hit by a truck and was killed instantly.
Tim was devastated at the loss of his wife and best friend. But, after taking off several months, he felt compelled to finish in light of so many families losing loved ones in an instant from natural disasters or civil unrest.
Warmly welcomed by volunteers, Rotarians and Rotary Clubs along the way, Tim cycled through the California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, and currently is making his way through British Columbia and is several weeks away from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, where he will complete the journey he and Sharon began in 2012.