HALLS Head resident John Nye has broken a world record after trekking the four corners of India in 23 days, alone, as a solo motorcyclist.
The 62-year-old completed his toughest ride yet, beating the previous record by 11 days.
He travelled out to eastern India on August 3 then travelled back down south to the tip of India in Sri Lanka, back up through Goha and Mumbai, and completed the trip in Chandigarh on August 26.
He said he was relieved to finish the trip alive.
“I’m glad it’s over. If I was a cat, I’ve used up six of my nine lives; it was that bad,” he said.
Mr Nye said he thanked the people of Mandurah for donating to his goal of raising $10,000 for Peel’s Youth Medical Services (PYMS) in the lead-up to and during his trip.
Mr Nye said although the trip was for a good cause, he faced horrific traffic, weather and road conditions, with pot holes, monsoons and narrow roads.
He said at one point he rode for nearly 27 hours before eventually stopping to rest.
“I would ride until the tank had to be refilled,” he said.
The challenge did not stop for Mr Nye, as he lost contact with the outside world during his ride through Chandigarh.
“I was unable to find my way out,” he said.
“Apparently Vodafone thought I’d been to Pakistan, that’s how close to the border I was, so I lost access to the network.”
Mr Nye described his time spent riding through Kerala as horrific and grim.
“I faced the worst floods in over a century and got battered for three days with non-stop, torrential rain,” he said. “I was told by the police the death toll, going through Kerala, was 300 plus.”
According to Mr Nye, his world record stands undefeated but will not be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.
“The Indian man who previously set the record didn’t get it recorded either,” he said. “I was told the challenge was too complex for their records.”