Archive for April, 2011

Adelaide

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Another computer that does not work… does any computer in this country have a functioning usb port or internet connection?! anyway the good news is that I have managed to cross the continent and I am in Adelaide. A massive thanks again to the people I have met on the way down here. Particular highlights being the spanish cyclist going north, the couple who got me so drunk on port that i went to my tent to sleep with a hangover before my head even hit the pillow, the other couple who after seeing me cycle 120km at 10km/h against a headwind and drop my bike in the rest area called over ‘you want a beer mate?!’ bless you and the chicken and rice. Who else? The lady behind the bar in pimba who gave me a very big bag of food for less than cost, and phil the australian snooker and billiard champion who took me for a drive up to woomera and an afternoon of hitting golf balls out of the car park over the road into the desert with all the other grey nomads… (i dont want to boast but this guy once played jimmy white AND alex higgins… and i beat him 3-0 at pool :) , probably only because he was teaching me how to play the game correctly…. :)

Who else? the guy in the car who slowed down and gave me a can of pop as i was riding along, the german backpackers camping in front of the no camping sign who could not believe i have ridden this far and took a photo of the world map i have (i was discreet enough to go and camp in a bird shelter but these guys… what sign?!), 90% of the cars going north up the stuart highway for waving, raising a finger or honking. The melbourne detective on his second day out of adelaide going up to alice on one of the nicest bikes I have seen on the road for a very long time. (yeti full sus)

 All the f*ggot hell’s angels wannabes who crusie up and down the stuart highway on gleaming symbols of arrested development. thanks for making me smile by looking uncomfortable every time i wave at you.

So aside from the cost of the road houses ($4.50 for a sprite?) it was a lot lot easier than expected. The head wind lasted from alice to here which slowed things down a lot but it has been worth it more than anything else just to see the wildlife. Snakes, spiders, scorpions, mice, beetles, little furry catterpillars that hook together and walk in metre long lines down the road, dozens and dozens of different types of birds, foxes, rabbits, dingos, emus, kangaroo’s, lama’s, bush pigs, bush horses.. you name it and it has tried to eat me on the way here :)

So the clock sits at 13,903 miles, taking a little detour in SA before dipping back onto the coast road I have about 600 miles to go… last 1000km :) (If you could see my smile now……)

Coober Pedy

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

The computer that i am on is junk so i have to be very quick, i still have not had the chance to thank everybody who has helped me out on the way down, especially in alice. i will try and do this the next time i am on a computer that is not a piece of xxxx. In the meantime, i have less than a thousand miles to go to tbe finsih line if i take the short cut… hmmm other than that everything is trying to eat me. the mossies are just insane, but the flies… my god thick clouds of the things trying to crawl up your nose, into your ear and an unexpected new favourite… mice..you ever slept in a tent than woken up to find a mouse chewing away on your toe? no? they have eaten there way into the tent twice and once into the ortliebs… the tent can be fixed but the pannier has had it…

oh and south australian road planners? are they retarded? in the nt you get told how far to the next rest area which normally always means water? here in sa you get told 1km before you hit it. what xxxxing use is 1km?and the distances instead of being in 10, 15 even 50 to go, no 87km or3km… sorry but when you are cycling against a very strong head wind for 12 hours a day the little things start to get on your nerves… :)

right moan over, other than that, still meeting some really incredible people. i am getting a bit worried as there is a conspicous lack of mouth breathers about? maybe the bogans will be found further down south?