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Farmer rode rickshaw from China to London – London Olympics 2012

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London – A 57-year-old farmer from Jiangsu China rode his rickshaw from China to the London Olympic games. His name is Chen Guanming and he rode his rickshaw through 16 countries over two years to get to London. He started in April 2010 when after he was invited to the games by British media at Beijing in 2008. But he could not afford the airfare so he packed up the rickshaw and rode to London, he told the Associaated Press.

He was involved in the flooding in Thailand, snowstorms in Turkey and finally reached France where he took the ferry across to London.

Chen  said he had never travelled outside China before this 16-country journey, adding he wanted to support the athletes and “spread the Olympic spirit.” He’s also seeking a last-minute ticket to attend Friday’s opening ceremony.

A  BBC interview with him showed tourist visa stamps in his passport from countries including Pakistan, Thailand and Iran to verify his journey.

Now that is one amazing journey. Have a look at his rickshaw he sleeps in the back. You can imagine what hotel rates are now in London he will save a mint crashing in the back of the ’Shaw.  In a month or two, he said he plans to take a ship to the U.S. and Canada, and he also wants to go to Brazil. ”I want to go to the Rio Games too,” he said.

Chen you are in inspiration to all, especially cyclists and rickshaw owners around the world! You deserve an Olympic medal and a ticket to the opening ceremonies.

I am a firefighter and cancer survivor circumnavigating the globe by bicycle to fund research for a cure for breast, prostate and lung cancer. I cycle with police and firefighters from around the globe. I have never ridden in a rickshaw!