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47 countries, one cyclist

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VAIL – Matthew Cull, who has spent 22 years traversing the globe on a bicycle, will be in Vail Thursday to speak of his experiences.

In 1984, Cull, a native of Australia, alighted from a bus on the Oregon coast and, with a cross-country tour of the States, embarked on what was to be the first leg of a two-wheeled odyssey around the world. Since then, he has traveled over 43,000 miles in 47 countries through numerous environments and different cultures. Nine years ago, he made Vail his home.Cull will appear at the Donovan Park Pavilion Thursday to talk about his latest transcontinental ride – a 8,700-mile, nine-month expedition that covered the length of Japan, and then from Beijing to Singapore.Cull travels alone. Aside from the difficulty of finding a companion willing and able to travel for nine months at a time, going solo has its advantages.

“It allows for different kinds of experiences,” Cull said.In addition to his cycling journeys, Cull traveled for more than a year on the Indian subcontinent; sailed a double-handed, 40-foot yacht across the Atlantic; and competed in the World Championships with the U.S. Mountain Running Team. He is a professional portrait photographer and writer. Cull was a former columnist for the Vail Daily, writing about the outdoors, and also wrote for the now-defunct magazine Running Wild.

The 2006 Unlimited Adventure Series, co-sponsored by the Vail Symposium and Vail Library, runs weekly through March 9, featuring speakers sharing their motivations and experiences in pushing mental, physical, geographic and spiritual boundaries. Vail, Colorado

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