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Hi there, I’m Brad McCartney from Australia. I set up BikeHikeSafari to document my life as an Adventure Cyclist, Hiker, Photographer and Nature Lover.

My dream is to cycle and hike the most amazing places on the planet. Do you want to know what it is like to Cycle to the most northern road in Alaska? Or hike with Grizzly Bears in Montana? What about cycling through the drug cartel lands of Mexico? Or what it takes to hike across the USA on the PCT or CDT or Appalachian Trail, carrying minimal equipment?

If you ever wondered what the most amazing places in the world might look like, then join me. I recently finished hiking the 3000km Te Araroa trail in New Zealand.

As time goes on I am looking to pass on my knowledge and sense of adventure to others in the form of gear advice and reviews.

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About Brad McCartney | BikeHikeSafari

Is this not the coolest place to go for a ride? Denali Hwy, Alaska.

February 2014 I took a one year leave of absence from my job as a Police Officer in the Northern Territory of Australia.

I planned to hike and cycle my way around the Island State of Tasmania before heading to Alaska. The plan was to hike, cycle and paddle my way south on the backroads and scenic byways.

I was sad when that journey ended, wanted more. It became my dream to  live my life full time on the road. Exploring, learning new things, seeing new places.

I returned back to my home in Darwin, Australia. Within 10 weeks I quit my job, sold all my possessions and set off for a life full of adventures. All my possessions either fit into my backpack when I was hiking or onto my pannier bags on my bicycle. I understood what it meant to be free.

I continued with my cycling journey along the USA coast into Mexico spending time on remote backroads when possible. So far I’ve cycled over 35000km. One day I will make it bottom of the world in Argentina, completing my self propelled journey of the Americas. I have no time limit to complete the journey.

Brad McCartney

I also followed my passion of hiking. In 2015 I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, the next year, in 2016, I hiked the Continental Divide Trail. Finally, in 2017 I completed the Triple Crown of hiking by completing the third long trail, the Appalachian Trail. 2018-2019 saw me complete yet another long distance thru hike, the Te Araroa Trail in New Zealand. In total I’ve hiked almost 16000km.

Now I am settled in Sydney, Australia. At least for the time being.

Why did I really start this journey?

Several years ago I suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. A frustrating disease. It started as a sore throat not unlike Covid does for some people. Soon I was unable to get myself out of bed.

There were good days. I was still able to work, although it was restricted by my lack of energy. It was a necessary but evil time in my life. It gave me the strength and motivation to live a full life. I kept dreaming.

The seeds for my journey were sewn by seeking out Hiking and Cycling blogs to read and inspire me. I hoped one day I would be able to do a journey that might inspire other. So here I am. Never lose hope.

How do I finance my trip?

I have no trust fund and never received an inheritance. I worked hard and saved harder. My goal has always been to live within my means. Never spending more than I had, never living a flashy lifestyle.

I live a cheapskate lifestyle which gives me the ability to live cheaply and save money quickly. I am a former Police Officer who spent a lot of his career in remote areas. The pay was good and the ability to spend it was nil.

I saved a lot of money. I used this money to pay off mortgages, well most of it. I rent out my property which pays me a very small monthly income. And I mean small.

How long will you travel for?

About Brad McCartney

I lasted a little over 5 year before I felt the need to stop, take a break and recharge the mind and body.

I’m now living in Sydney, Australia.

So drop by and say hello.

Living the Dream,

Brad McCartney

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  1. Hi David, you will need to get a USA Visa from the embassy or consulate so you can stay there for a period of 6 months. It would not be possible to just arrive on the 3 month visa and get it extended. All the info you need can be found here : https://www.ustraveldocs.com/au/au-niv-visaapply.asp

  2. I regularly travelled on $100-$200 per week depending on which country I was in and whether I was camping or staying in cheap hotels.

  3. Cheers, adventure cycling is awesome. Great way to see the world, or a country or region. Let me know if you have any questions.

  4. Cheers, I’ve been following your blog since we met in Darwin. Take care and keep having fun, cheers Brad.

  5. Thanks for the recipe Peggy, most of my meals will be simple, nutritious, lightweight, one pot high calorie meals. If you have any good recipes I’ll make them and take some photos of them in some remote area for you.

    1. Brad, what a great idea. I have hundreds of recipes and cookbooks. Any foods you especially want to include or avoid?

      1. Peggy, I’m not too fussy and will try anything you suggest, just not too keen on seafood.

  6. Thanks Peggy, I’m not too sure of the route I’ll take after Canada, depends how early winter arrives.

    1. No worries, but be sure to speak up if you’re ever looking for a mattress. My network might come in handy.

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