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…