John Nye smashes fundraising goal for PYMS

The Mandurah man raising funds for Peel Youth Medical Service by travelling solo around India on a motorbike has smashed his fundraising goal. 

John Nye finished the challenging ride in only 23 days, beating the standing record of 34 days. 

The Halls Head resident has also beat his goal of $10,000 raising $10,275 which will go towards the PYMS Health Hub, which is due to open in October, 2018. 

Mr Nye commenced the challenge, a week earlier than planned due to the deteriorating roads and weather conditions.

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He felt as though he was off to a bad start, having to spend the whole of his second day waiting in Manali while his bike was serviced and his Rhotang Pass permit was issued.

By day three Mr Nye was champing at to bit to hit the road and make up for the lost time on his way to the very first corner of India – the mighty Khardungla.

Mr Nye said the ride was challenging with extreme weather including monsoons and busy traffic. He experience bike issues, including a break down as he was coming out of the Himalayas.

There is carnage everywhere in India, with tankers rolled on the side of the road and accidents appearing around most corners.

John Nye

“There is carnage everywhere in India, with tankers rolled on the side of the road and accidents appearing around most corners,” he said.

“Riding is like a game of chicken.”

Mr Nye was travelling near the Kerala region when it faced extreme flooding, with more than one million people evacuated and hundreds dying from the disaster. 

He took heed of the authorities and traveled inland. 

Mr Nye said technology issues plagued him throughout the journey. He lost phone coverage in Chandigarh and subsequently became lost himself. 

At one stage he had been on the road for nearly 27 hours before eventually stopping to rest.

Despite feeling utterly exhausted, Mr Nye said it was a psychological boost for him each time he completed a corner.

Mr Nye said the Indian people were welcoming, with some even asking for photos and ‘selfies’. 

For more information visit www.jcridesagain.com or the fundraising page.