Israeli cyclist ends international odyssey

Israeli cyclist Roei “Jinji” Sadan, who has spent the past four years crossing 42 countries on six continents, reached his final destination.

Sadan, 29, arrived at the Sydney Opera House July 28 on his 27-gear, custom-built bicycle sporting the Israeli and Australian flags.

It marked the official end of his globetrotting and goodwill odyssey that spanned some 40,000 miles. After departing in 2009, Sadan spoke to more than 1,500 children and gave interviews to scores of media outlets about the “real” Israel.

During his adventure, which cost about $60,000 — part of it covered by his sponsor, the Israeli water company Mey Eden — he was held up at gunpoint in Mexico, bitten by a wild dog in Peru and hit by a car in Bolivia.

Sadan said he intends to become a motivational speaker and wants to transform his diaries into a book. — jta