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I grew up on Maroubra beach in Sydney, Australia during the 40s - 60s, where I developed a deep love for swimming 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 surfboard, paddled a surf-ski, rowed in the surf club boat and participated in surf carnivals up and down the NSW coast. My greatest claim to fame was being a member of the South Maroubra crew that won a silver medal in the 1962 NSW Junior Surf Boat Championships.

I’m now 65. I’ve retained my love of the sea and swim year round on Sydney’s northern beaches. When I’m in Indonesia I swim whenever I can. In Sulawesi I seek out waterfalls to cool off under.

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 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 commercial opportunity 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 (National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters) accredited Indonesian language interpreter and translator.

I began practicing Yoga in the early 60s, during the Rugby off-seasons. I’ve continued and considerably deepened my Yogic practice. I’m now studying to become an Iyenger (style) Yoga instructor. I really like the counter-balancing muscular relief that Yoga provides for cycling.

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 Hsadisah Freestone (originally from the tsunami struck province of Aceh, Sumatra) with two grown up children, Rendra and Chairani.

Through the trips in Sulawesi I hope to link up with like-minded people and share with them my passions for cycling, Yoga, the outdoors and Indonesian language and culture. For me, Sulawesi trips are not money-making ventures. they are opportunities 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 less-lnown route all around South Sulawesi on Bike Fridays. In January 2009 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 trips that have different foci.

The inaugural group trip allowed me to familiarize myself with cycle tour management issues that would have otherwise remained latent and theoretical. I anticipate that riders on subsequent trips will benefit from the knowledge gained on earlier ones.

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