Becak Terus - One Man's Journey Across Indonesia

On September 28 2015, Scott Thompson, is going to embark on a journey never thought possible... travelling from Banda Aceh City to Jakarta on a Becak.

Scott's 2,612 km adventure will span 20 days, raising money and awareness for a number of charities along the way. Not only that, if completed, Scott will set a Guiness World Record for the longest Becak ride off all time. 

Here is the incredible story of Becak Terus...

Scott is no stranger to taking on challenges that most people would only have nightmares about. In 2010 he ran 250 km in the Sahara for three days before taking it to the next level in 2012 when he ran 1,250 km from Bali to Jakarta.

Becak Terus will be Scott's 3rd ultra-charity-marathon.

The motivation? Scott has never been oblivious to the have-nots of Indonesia. Being separated by the tinted widows of an air conditioned car was not enough to keep him from recognising the poverty on the other side. He felt compelled to do something, and his unique ability to push his body to the limit was the best way for him to raise awareness.

 All proceeds from the charity ride will be donated to four foundations: Yayasan Anak Cinta Bangsa (YCAB Foundation), Mary’s Cancer Kiddies, Yayasan Puspita, and Yayasan Wisma Cheshire Indonesia. Beyond the whopping Rp. 3,000,000,000 already raised, awareness of the great work the four foundations do will also spread.

The becak, or rickshaw, is a traditional Indonesian mode of transport that reminds us of a simpler time. Indeed, the nature of the becak means one cannot stay oblivious to Indonesia. There's no A/C. No tinted windows. For 20 days, Scott will be soaking up everything that Sumatra and Java has to offer.

It's the incredible distance over two of Indonesia's biggest islands that is so impressive. With an average distance of 150 km per day required to reach his target, the challenge is not to be taken lightly.

The task called for a specially modified becak, aptly named the "Flying Merah Putih"

But what about the incredible sights he passes? Fear not, as he will be regularly updating everyone during his travels with short videos. We egearly anticipate the wonderful sights and incredible vistas he passes on his mamouth ride. Not least the reception that the crazy bule in the becak will receive. 

Scott's journey has our full support, why not show yours?