Monday, 24 May 2010

World Cup 2010: Brazilian in a pedal go-cart completes 17.000 kms bound for Johannesburgo

Pedal Joe’s contact in South Africa:

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, crossing 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, Namibia and, finally, arrived in South Africa.

Pedal Joe completed today, in the city of Bloemhof (300 km west of Johannesburg) 17.000 km. Pedal joe reached Wolmaransstad at sunset and will take off tomorrow, on the N-12 Road, to Klerksdorp and then to Potchefstroom, Carletonville, Randfontein and finally Johannesburg where he hopes to arrive in Melrose Arch on the first of June, at 3 pm.

The Brazilian film makers Bruno Lima and Fabricio Menicucci, in partnership with the producer Abbas Filmes, from Rio de Janeiro, are following the last seven days of the trip, to produce a documentary about Pedal Joe and his special form of travelling. The movie, the first of a series of short films about the pioneer of the Latin American cyclo-adventure, will open in theaters in February 2011.