Chris's Cooma pit stop

Chris Gruar stopped in to Cooma last week on his journey across the world. Photo: Tina Zunic.

Chris Gruar stopped in to Cooma last week on his journey across the world. Photo: Tina Zunic.

MOST people enjoy flying the globe when they travel, but for 28-year-old Chris Gruar the idea of cycling the world was just too good to pass.

Cooma became one of the many pit stops for the cyclist during the final weeks of the trip last week.

Since he began in Yorkshire, Northern England in March 2012, Mr Gruar has cycled 42,250 km around the world.

He has visited more than 40 countries and was determined to make it back home to Sydney, Australia at his own pace.

"I've just loved the freedom, independence and sense of adventure," Mr Gruar explained.

"It's just the best pace to see the world in."

Mr Gruar has experienced more than imaginable with simply all of his belongings on his bike.

"I've run out of water whilst riding through deserts and have had trucks stop to give me water.

"I've been caught in many snow blizzards along the way and have camped on snow in -16 degree weather."

With the trip ending within the next few weeks, Mr Gruar isn't planning to go travelling again anytime soon.

"The football is about to kick off so I'll watch that for a month and then probably have to go get a job."

Mr Gruar has raised $24,000 for the Association for International Cancer Research (AICR) and is aiming to raise $30,000 by the end of next month. For more information on Chris Gruar, his journey or donations visit www.cycling4cancer.com.

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