ONE February morning he got on his bike at his Swansea home and started riding – and he hasn't stopped since.
Now Greg Healey is just days away from completing an extraordinary round-the-world ride which has taken him from Indian monsoons to the Atacama desert, and from the Alps to the Grand Canyon.
Tomorrow the 32-year-old former Bishopston School and Gorseinon College student is due to arrive by ferry in Portsmouth with just 190 miles between him and home – a distance which shouldn't be too much of an ordeal for someone who has already pedalled 20,000 of them
Mr Healey said: “It has been an emotional rollercoaster, day in and day out. I've met the most amazing people and been witness to the most amazing stories.
“Every single day has been a huge adventure.
“More than the physical exhaustion of it has been the emotional exhaustion of every day finding somewhere to sleep and something to eat – the slow accumulation of daily survival.
“But to be honest, it is a great way to see the world.”
Mr Healey's two-wheeled adventure has taken him through Europe, across Argentina and Chile and on to Central America before heading for the US and riding from Miami to Los Angeles. Then it was a hop across the Pacific to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand before pedalling across India and then moving on to Turkey and the Balkans and back into Europe.
Along the way the former financial services worker camped where he could, and kept his schedule as flexible as possible taking advice from locals on where to go and what to see.
Family and friends kept in touch with the adventurer thanks to the internet but they weren't the only ones following his progress – pupils at Trallwn Primary School in Llansamlet were also keeping an eye on his adventure, something which the solo cyclist said was important to him.
“It is important for all of us in the community to help inspire the next generation and show them the opportunities that are out there,” he said.
The round-the-world trip is not the only adventure the Mayals man has undertaken - in 2011 he climbed Mount Everest and flew a Welsh flag at the summit.