Pedal Joe’s contact in South Africa:
The Brazilian Football Team is ready to board for Johannesburg on the 26th of May to participate, in South Africa, in the first Football World Cup held in the African Continent.
Meanwhile, already in the homeland of Mandela, a lonely Brazilian speeds on towards the same city. He is the environmentalist and photographer José Geraldo de Souza Castro, alias Pedal Joe (Zé do Pedal), 52 years old, who, on the 10th of May of 2008, in a tiny children's pedal go-cart, built and adapted specially for the trip by the Dutch company BERG Toys, pedaled slowly away from the giant structure of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, with a final destination: the World Cup of 2010.
After having done, in 2 years, more than 16.000 km crossing France, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benim, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, the Congolese Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola and Namibia, Pedal Joe arrived in Upington yesterday afternoon and will remain there for two days getting to know the region and participating in activities with the local Lions Club before taking off again, on Road number 2, towards Johannesburg.
Pedal Joe was received in the city by the president of the Gordonia Lions Club, Neville Bosman, and by the members of the club Kobus, Louise, Ansu and Piet Oberholster.
Friends who have collaborated with the project:
Rosfrios Alimentos * supplements
BERG Toys * pedal go-kart
BERG Toys do Brasil * logistics
Deuter do Brasil * camping material
Foto Universitario * photographic material
Buynet * ISP - Internet Provider
Albergues Privados do Caminho de Santiago * food and lodgings
Caminho do Sol-Brasil * travel products
Fernanda Paz - Mindo Falcão * travel products
"In the last 70 years, the World's population has tripled. The demand for water increased six fold. If the present patterns are not modified, in 2025 four billion people will not have access to water."
"Water: a drop, a life... preserve them. For me... for yourself... for our Planet..." Pedal Joe (Zé do Pedal)