Stranded cyclist still in Sale

KEN Harinishi, the American cyclist stranded in Sale after his thieves took his bike and belongings, is still in town hoping they will be recovered.

Ken, from Los Angeles, had made his way from Alice Springs to Adelaide, the Great Ocean Road, Melbourne and Tasmania before stopping in Sale where thieves struck.

When the Gippsland Times posted details about the theft on Facebook it caused an outcry among locals.

“From all of us decent folk, we apologise, Ken,” one Facebooker commented.

Ken has lost almost all the possessions he had in Australia, which were stowed in panniers on the bike.

They included his passport, all his clothing, a small white Asus laptop, camping gear including a sleeping bag with an outer shell, a small cooking pot, a US Marine Corps flag and a marine corps hat.

The bike was taken on June 16 from outside the Star Hotel on Saturday night at 10.56pm, security vision showing a man dragging the locked bike into an alley way where it was loaded into a white dual cab ute.

The man was wearing a red plaid shirt with a small pattern of squares, a grey hoodie and white shoes.

The 47-speed road-touring bike is a blue Surly brand with black panniers and bright orange rain covers.

Ken said he was still sourcing bits and pieces to continue his journey and plans to continue in the next week or, but was still hoping his bike and belongings would be recovered.

Anyone with information about the theft can phone Sale Police on 5143 5000.

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.