Missing Aspie boy rides bike to Sydney

April 16, 2009

I found this on the Wrong Planet website: Missing Qld boy rides bike to Sydney

A 15-year-old Brisbane boy with Asperger’s syndrome who went missing for two weeks has been found in Sydney, after riding his bike more than 950km down the Pacific Highway….

He had as good a reason as any for the epic journey down the east coast on one of Australia’s busiest highways – because he thought he could.

“I just wanted to see if I could get down to Sydney on a bike and how long it was going to take,” Ethan told the Nine Network’s A Current Affair program on Wednesday.

Ethan said he had planned the adventure since November last year and made no apology for failing to call his mum to let her know he was okay.

“At the time, I didn’t want her to know where I was,” he smiled.

His mother, Tammy Johnson, said they had to keep putting a little bit of money in his keycard account each day so that he could continue to eat, but not enough so that he could get further away.

He was last captured on closed circuit television about 9.20am (AEST) on March 30, leaving the Robina train station on the Gold Coast.

“Because we had the CCTV footage, we knew he was safe and the fact that he kept using his keycard as he went along we knew where to find him when he hit Sydney,” she told AAP.

Based on the discussion, it seems that this is a typical aspie thing to do. 🙂

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