Teen reunited with mum after epic Australian audax

Australian OutbackA 15-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome has been reunited with his mum after sneaking off on a 600 mile tour.

He made the huge trek from his hometown, Brisbane, to Sydney to explore the city and to prove to bullies at his school that he could make it.

During the trip, which he made on a front-suspension mountain bike, he slept rough and ate at fast food restaurants.

His mum says that when she went to meet him he’d lost 20kg.

She knew what he’d done because of CCTV footage showing him setting off on his bike. All she could so was drop a little money into his account every day so that he could eat, and wait. For two weeks.

His family were worried sick, and it did spark a huge police search, but all’s well that end’s well. I’m actually quite jealous – I’d love to set off on a nice long tour at the moment. [Brisbane Times]

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