Archive for May, 2011

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

So I am waiting for medical results to come back. I have a million and one emails to write so if I have not been in touch do not take it personally. Rode a ride down in phillip island last weekend with jane and jules. I took it a bit too seriously and came second. Although it was not a race and we where on the shortest course. ahem.  All I can say is that I want a carbon framed bike. The surly is a bit of a tank. Photo below is me, jane and jules. Its raining. In australia…. again…

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Oh yeah forgot to mention this guy….

http://wellnever-dream.blogspot.com/

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The fly net is needed, believe me :) A bad translation for anybody who is interested is as follows:

Andy Reynolds
It was the only rider with whom I crossed path in the first part of the Outback and not brought good face. Seeing the photo is easy to draw two conclusions. Andy, destroyed by the wind, came from Darwin (north). Network because it had not in the province of Northern Territory there is little flies. I, led by the south wind, carrying the network because the South is impossible to cycle without it. Exchange practical information, maps, and we parted. I always feel bad when you see a similar away in the opposite direction in one year came from London and ended in Melbourne

So other than that, I just have to sit and wait, everything is up in the air at the moment and things could go very good or very very bad… However there are worse places in the world to have to sit and endure this. My friends here in Melbourne have been incredible.

Random/travel/bicycle links for you:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1084411/Around-world-11mph–Adventurer-takes-wheely-long-ride-penny-farthing.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1352614/OAP-cross-Atlantic-raft-water-gas-pipes.html

Thats two from the daily mail… jesus…

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

So after 14 and a half months and 14,502 miles (23,203km) I am back in the real world. No more putting up the tent, no more taking down the tent, no more riding day after day after day after… well you get the idea.

Back here amongst friends and it feels wonderful to stop but the next hill lies ahead…. hmmmm. Will write more when I can summon the energy.

3 days to melbourne…

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

I have got to the point now where I have had to wrap duct tape around the front tire to make a nice little bandage as the tires I have on the bike are shot and i threw my one and only spare away (that granted also had holes in it) to save weight…  Somebody is trying to tell me something I think.

So I write this in the nice tourist information centre of Lake Bolac – Adam you never told me this place had free internet :) – with 230km left to ride before I finish Australia. The last couple of weeks have been great. I left Adelaide only to find out that cycling up the motorway was not feasible. I ended up taking the cycle path which detoured off in the opposite direction. Slightly worried I asked a passing cyclist for his advice and I ended up going for coffee at the top of mt lofty with nick, charlie and his girlfriend who’s name I have forgotten – sorry… Really nice people. For me the funniest moment was finding out that nicks super lightweight carbon fibre roadbike weighs 7.5kg… I carry more than that weight in water alone :) On the way out we also came across a guy who had cycled (name to be added)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris%E2%80%93Brest%E2%80%93Paris

I am not even going to comment on that as it is just too nuts for words…  So Nick and Charlie great to meet you both and thanks for the coffee.  The way back down was not quite as easy as I ended up getting lost and riding the 10 miles i had just cycled up the hill back into the CBD… hence a nice detour round Mclaren Vale. I then met a couple from Canada cycling from Melbourne to Adelaide and an English Couple cycling from Sydney to Adelaide. Everybody and I mean everybody is going the other way….  its the wind.

Then starting to get back onto familar ground, through into SA and approaching Victoria. A really great stay in Mt Gambier thanks to scotties dad and faye. Fantastic hospitatility that really was most appreciated. then  a sighting of a brown snake on the way out… a meeting with a man from the melbourne bicycle touring club who wants me to give a lecture(?! – hey martin looks like you have started doing them!) and i nearly forgot a meeting with these guys… http://andiamoper.jimdo.com/

see that line across russia… one month. beat that :)

So… last 3 days…