Its with highly anticipated excitement, I would like to reveal a little about the next Bums Of Anarchy adventure which is happening in a little more than a week! First of all, in case you don't know, lets ask who are the Bums of Anarchy and how did we come about?
Around Christmas 2013, I decided to do a trip through India on a rickshaw, an offshoot of the Adventurists famous Mongol Rally. Ringing up the craziest nutters I know, we shortly had a team consisting of Matty and Jimmy, 2 Gold Coast lads and great friends. After alot of brainstorming, we came up with many a team name but the one that stood out was 'The Bums Of Anarchy', a spin off of the famous outlaw bikie TV show, 'Sons Of Anarchy'. With this team name in tow and the idea launched, we exploded into action getting a team logo (with the famous Grim Pooper coming into his own) and formed our very own outlaw rickshaw adventure gang.
Soon we were headed into the sunset on a 3,500 km pan-Indian adventure in a 7 horsepower glorified lawnmower. The Rickshaw Run was easily the least sensible thing to do with two weeks as we battled on at top speeds of 50 kilometers an hour (at a push) for 14 hours a day for 2 weeks of mayhem. The boys soon realised we weren't there for a holiday, it was a mission, an all round bloody great adventure. There was absolutely no set route, no back-up, no way of knowing if we were going to make it and the only certainty was that we would get lost, we would get stuck and we would break down. But that's a whole other story, for now we are here for this next epic adventure - The Himalayan Pioneer Rickshaw Run.
Fast forward to June this year and an email pops into my inbox with an invite to be the first do doddle up through the Himalayan Range in India, again in the most inappropriate vehicle imaginable for the task. Without much thought (as per usual), I paid the money and hoped someone would like to jump in for the ride. Knowing our Sergeant at Arms (Jimmy) was flat out working and the Vice President (Matty) was migrating to the US, it became apparent that the Bums needed a new Prospect to prove himself and join the Bums in adventure dominance - and without much of a doubt, we had found the man for the job.
Let me introduce to you Donovan Fantasia (aka - Fantasia, Donny, Donboy, The Don, Fanny) who has been a long time friend of 20 odd years. Don fit the persona well and without much persuasion threw himself selflessly into the life of a Bum. With that decision made, we talked about all things adventure including new designs, club cuts, charities and sponsorship.
When we are signing up for these adventures, we know its come at an incredible financial cost to us (this one at about $4500 each), but the positives we can create and the adventure we can have far outweighs any monetary costs. It was time for Don and I to discuss which charity we would like to support during our campaign. This isn't something the Bums like to take lightly and after much discussion, we chose Cool Earth which is the Adventurists default charity as well as the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, both of which do amazing things for the world. Donovan pounded the streets and soon came up with an amazing fundraiser at Darwins Mayfair Gallery and with much organisation and dedication, our new prospect was making awesome things happen! He even managed to get in Darwins local rag and promote the Bums even more!
Watching Don do so much from the sidelines was a bit hard to swallow but also a bit of a relief after many continuous fundraising campaigns by myself. I had to get a little creative and sent many emails away to businesses in the hope of some form of donation or sponsorship. It was with much delight that we were given a response from the legends at Green Cane who have taken great interest in our trip and kindly donated us some cash to pay for the graphics, rickshaw design and a few promotional stickers. Green Cane are actually partnered with the legends at Cool Earth and could see that by helping us with the best exposure and image possible, we could hopefully raise some awareness for the awesome work both they and Cool Earth are doing.
Aside from the gig and help from Green Cane, we have also been begging on social media platforms for donations and we sincerely thank the people who have taken their hard earned and valuable dollars and help some great causes!
Whats the actual plan you may ask?
Well with all the admin stuff out of the way (flights, fundraising, area permits, visas), we now get to actually think about what the bloody hell we are up to. We will head from Perth to Delhi via Bangkok, wait 4 odd hours and then take another internal flight onto Shimla, our start line. We will arrive, meet the crew from Adventurists to test drive and pimp our rickshaws, have a bloody great party and then head off into the hills. We will have no support, we wont have any set route, we wont have a map... What we do know is that we need to make it to Leh in a week to get to our closing party! Thats the plan and it sounds grand. Who knows if there is anywhere to sleep at night, where we will get fuel and food or if the roads are in tact after the snow melt.. thats all part of the fun and we cannot wait!