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I grew up on Maroubra beach (Sydney, Australia) in the 40s - 60s, where I developed a deep love of the water and the sea. I was a member of the local Surf Life Saving Club and did beach patrols on weekends. I body surfed, caught waves on a Malibu, paddled a ski and rowed in the surf club boat.

I’m now 65. I’ve retained my love of the sea and swim year round on Sydney’s northern beaches.

I graduated in Commerce from the University of NSW in 1965. At school and university I played Rugby and toured New Zealand with Australian universities. I was a volunteer teacher in Malaysia (1966 - 1967) with Australian Volunteers Abroad. It was there that I became attracted to the Malay - Indonesian culture and language. I’ve taught at various Australian universities (1975 - 1993), have written several textbooks on South East Asia and over a 35 year period I’ve organized more than 30 group tours to Indonesia.

Sensing a need for better understanding between Australia and Indonesia in 1994 I set up Indonesian Cultural Communications, an educational management business that provides consultancy services to the Indonesian government.

I’m a NAATI accredited Indonesian language interpreter and translator. As I don’t have a car I cycle most everywhere, including Jakarta. My love of cycling, Yoga and swimming is matched by a 40 year interest in Indonesian culture. I’m married to Tjut Hadisah Freestone (originally from Aceh, Sumatra) with two grown up children. Through this trip I hope to link up with like minded people and share with them my passions for cycling, Yoga, the outdoors and Indonesian culture. For me, this trip is not a money making venture. It’s an opportunity to do what I love doing and to share it with others.

The idea of leading cycle tours to Sulawesi began in 2000 when my son Rendra and I, on mini wheel Bromptons, took the shortest route northwards from Makassar to Toraja Land. In August 2006 we took a longer and far more scenic circular route all around South Sulawesi on Bike Fridays. In January this year we led a 27 day 1200 km tour through South Sulawesi. Inspired by the success of that trip I decided to follow it up with a shorter one for people with less time.

The 27 day trip allowed us to access new experiences and many cycle tour managment learnings that would’ve remained latent and theoretical had we not led that inaugural trip. We anticipate that riders on this South South Sulawesi trip will benefit from the knowledge gained on that initial trip.

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