Where’s Oliver McAfee?

Last seen on 11/19/2017 biking the Israel National Trail (IBT) near Mitzpe Ramon, cyclist Oliver McAfee from Dromore, Northern Ireland has yet to be found.

Oliver, 29 at the time, and a devout Christian, reportedly gave up his gardening job in Chelmsford, Essex, England in 4/2017 to cycle across Europe, and Mexico, cycling about 14,000 km (8,700 miles) on what friends described as “a voyage of personal discovery” before reaching Israel.

This short documentary in Hebrew, and Arabic, with English subtitles attempts to explain Oliver’s situation in the Negev, Desert that lead to his disappearance:

Oliver’s story, has also been reported in both Europe: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, North America: 1, 2 and Israel: 1, 2, 3 since his disappearance.

We are all hoping Oliver found a beautiful “back to nature” utopia for himself away from the modern stresses of life, in the Negev desert (or elsewhere), and are jealous he is keeping it to himself!


In the meantime, his family and friends are maintaining a facebook page “Missing: Oliver McAfee in Israel”, and a twitter account @helpfindoliver which they hope will help lead to his eventual discovery, and a gofundme page that does not currently need anymore donations, but could in the future.

Closer to home, this 5/4/2019 is the 21st annual Blessing of the Bikes at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in Manhattan (doors open at 8:30 am), and would be a good time to keep Oliver in your thoughts.

As cyclists, let’s hold our heads up in the face of our own adversity, remember to take care of ourselves, and wish everyone a safe bike ride in NYC, where even Streetsblog is declaring Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero an abject failure.

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