Archive for July, 2010

We are getting hitched

PHILIP ISLAND  to  MELBOURNE

It is 33 515 kms from Ushuaia, Argentina to Beaumaris, Melbourne.  Why do we know this?  Because we have now cycled it!!  It has been an amazing 19 months, that has both challenged and tested us, but I am very pleased to say – it did not beat us.  We arrived home, unscathed and as expected, on the 3rd July and just in time for Jess’s mum’s birthday!!  In every way it was a success, and one we are both very proud of.

Saturday was an overwhelming and unforgettable day.  Family & friends turned out in droves, braving the Melbourne cold, to cheer us over the finish line.  It was the perfect homecoming, and just like what we had talked about so many times on the road.  We’d like to thank everyone for their support, especially, Rob & Jenny for hosting such a fantastic welcome, Luke & Carly for all the yummy food, and the Queensland contingent, including my parents, Frank, Ryan and Mel for coming all that way.  We loved and appreciated every single moment.

But there is more good news.  As one adventure ends, another begins – Jess & I are getting hitched!!  Woohoo!!  You learn a lot about a person, sharing a journey like the one we have just completed.  But keeping it simple, I can’t imagine or would want to live my life without her.  And luckily for me, she feels the same way too ;-) !!

So for the ride, that is it.  It has been a fantastic pleasure to share it with you all, and we thank everyone that has followed and enjoyed it.  Life is the adventure – so embrace the challenge, and make yours great, each and every day!!

Thankyou,

Jules & Jess

Our private celebration, on the beach at Beaumaris, before the big arrival

 

33 515 kms ... a challenge and a test, but it didn't beat us !!

 

We are getting hitched... but no one else know's yet

 

The final few pedals to the finish line

 

We are home - now the bikes go straight into the shed !!

 

Family & friends turned out in droves to cheer us over the finish line

 

An achievement we are very proud of

 

As one adventure ends, another begins.

 

Jess tells her Mum she's engaged... woohoo!!

 

A very happy man

 

Thanks Luke & Carly for the yummy food !!

 

Thanks everyone for being a part of it.

Four crazy campers

MERIMBULA  to PHILLIP ISLAND

I’m fairly certain there were only four people camping in Victoria this past week – Jess & I, plus Jess’s father, Rob, and family friend, Reese, who had joined us for the ride to Phillip Island from Seaspray.  Why are we so sure?  Because if you had any sense, you were curled up in front of a heater, or wrapped tightly in a doona (or duvet for those in the UK)!!  It was a bitterly cold few days…

Reeves Beach, right on the infamous Bass Coastline, was the low point – temperature wise – of the unfortunately timed ride.  After lying awake listening to gunfire through the night, and hoping the fox hunters weren’t aiming our way, we awoke to find our tents and everything else frozen solid.  There was enough ice to even make a snow man, albeit a small one!  If only Dave & Sue were here now, with the Nissan heater set to boost!!

When we did eventually thaw out, the scenery around us was stunning.  The endless eucalypt forests of East Gippsland had been replaced with lush green rolling dairy and sheep country.  It reminded you of Devon or Cornwell, not land you would expect to find in a “sunburnt country”!  What is more amazing though; is just how close this rural countryside is to the centre of Melbourne.  So shh – keep it a secret!!

But the cold didn’t beat us, and neither did the wind around Toora, or a persistent days rain heading into Cape Paterson.  With beaming smiles and under bright sunshine we rode into Phillip Island on time.  Had it been a good week, or were we just glad it was over?  It was probably a bit of both, but regardless, we had a lot of fun and very much enjoyed Rob & Reese’s company in our last week “on the bikes”.  Who else would have been crazy enough to join us in the middle of winter??!!

It really is the home stretch now.  We have only 100 kms to Melbourne and the finish.  We will be there this Saturday, then our amazing and incredible adventure will be over.  What seemed near impossible, in the howling wind of Patagonia, now seems very possible, and is literally just down the road.  Yeah baby!!

We hope you have enjoyed it, just as much as we have.

Jules & Jess

Stepping back in time - welcome to Victoria !!

 

Whale watching near Marlo (we actually did see a few!!)

 

The man, the horse, the river

 

Dave (L) handling logistics with the Nissan. Reese scared (R).

 

Four crazy campers. With Rob (foreground) and Reese (playing full back).

 

On the road. The Gippsland plains.

 

Reese and his super inflatable pillow (can be also used for body boarding!)

 

Geez, my tent is frozen! Rob early morning at Reeves Beach.

 

So are the bikes!!

 

"Frosty" the small but not insignificant Snow Man!!

 

Like father, like daughter. Jess and her dad.

 

Finally thawed out and surrounded by stunning lush green pasture!!

 

Riding single file. Jess setting a blistering pace towards Toora.

 

Rob, aka "billy the mountain goat", just loves the hills.

 

A brief rest stop. Jess organising the troops.

 

Cold, wind & rain - nothing will stop them! Rob and Reese racing to Cape Paterson.

 

All smiles. The sun is shining and Phillip Island is just up ahead.

 

It was alot of fun - thanks for joining us guys!!