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, [...]

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 [...]

Winter is here

SYDNEY  to MERIMBULA
Winter is here – it’s getting chilly and the days are much shorter.  It takes a super human effort, just to climb out of our warm sleeping bags in the morning.  We have to though, to cover the distance, and to make sure we get to Melbourne on time.  And it’s not a [...]

Severe weather warning

TAMWORTH  to SYDNEY
The absolute worst weather for cycling – is rain.  Water has a knack of finding its way in everywhere, plus the constant damp will eventually test even the toughest resolve.  Hmm, Frank arrives by train from Sydney tonight, there is a severe weather warning issued for the Hunter Valley, and rain is forecast [...]

A long hard week

DAYBORO  to TAMWORTH
We’ll be honest with you – it has been a long hard week.  Plenty of hills, cold, wet, and to top things off, a persistent head wind too.  Tamworth had never looked brighter – even when it was the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to get street lighting!!  Luckily, we were not [...]

The Queensland Finish

GYMPIE  to  DAYBORO
There were no challenges, milestones, or hardships this week.  Instead, it was a celebration –the “Queensland Finish” of our ride – spent at Jules’ parent’s farm in Dayboro.  It might be a little hard to leave come Sunday…
From Gympie, we had a spectacular ride along the Sunshine Coast.  This is where Jules’ spent [...]

Houston, we have a problem!

ROCKHAMPTON  to GYMPIE
Just outside Calliope, pedaling uphill early morning, something just wasn’t right…?  Staring at Jules’ broken pedal on the roadside a metre behind him it clicked – the crank arm had sheared off the bottom bracket!!  We both looked at each other, “Houston, we have a problem!”
Luckily, Graeme & Cass lived nearby, and were [...]

TOWNSVILLE to ROCKHAMPTON
Why do we always seem to be going the wrong way??  In South America, battling 100km/hr headwinds we were constantly being told this.  Now in Australia, we find ourselves in the same situation – but thankfully, the conditions are much less severe.  If you are ever going to cycle the world, definitely do [...]

CAIRNS to TOWNSVILLE
It doesn’t just rain in Nth Qld, so much water falls, it is like someone is throwing a bucket of water at you, over and over again. In fact, Tully gets so much water, they have built a 7.9 m “Golden Gumboot” in the main street – incredibly, its height is equal to [...]

ATHERTON to CAIRNS
How far can you ride on a tyre stitched together with fishing line?  Unfortunately a badly split sidewall, which required this innovative roadside repair, meant we were going to find out…
But fortunately, well sort of, this incident happened outside the Mount Molloy Café – home of the world’s best hamburgers.  Fate had brought [...]

Say ‘cheese’ everyone!

NORMANTON to ATHERTON
“So, where do we start climbing from?”  This is what we’ve been asking, literally anyone that will listen, to better understand our route from Normanton to Ravenshoe, which sits at 920m and at the very top of the Great Dividing Range.  Right from the start, was the correct answer!
Unlike the mountain ranges we’ve [...]

Nothing like what you expect

MOUNT ISA   to NORMANTON
So how do you prepare for a 550 km, 5 day bike ride in Australia’s outback?  First, you break the ride into roughly equal sections, hopefully taking in a few rest areas, or at least somewhere to get water, for your overnight stops.  Next you pack your food; 5x spam, 5x tuna, [...]

Every day is a long straight road

 
TENNANT CREEK to MOUNT ISA
The only good thing about getting up at 4 AM is that you get to see the sunrise, and over the grassy plains of the Barkly Tableland – that’s magical!  We are up this early to beat the wind.  The riding here is hard enough – six days of dead straight [...]

The long paddock

 
KATHERINE to TENNANT CREEK
There is not much, except for cattle stations and the occasional roadhouse on the 660km stretch of highway between Katherine and Tennant Creek.  It truly feels, just like one “long” paddock !
To get a closer look at station life, we caught up with Danie Luttig who showed us around Mataranka Cattle Station.  [...]

Dreamin’ country

DARWIN to KATHERINE (via KAKADU NATIONAL PARK)
It’s when you start “doing” something that you realise just how hot it is up here. Your sweat even sweats when you’re cycling! For six days, there hasn’t been a moment when we’ve been dry – now that’s gross, huh?
Leaving Darwin, it didn’t take long to work out the [...]

“This is Darwin, luv!”

DARWIN
Dazed and bleary eyed, we passed through the terminal and began building our bikes outside.  The air smells familiar – it’s good to be back in Australia. Twice we have locals approach us, and offer a place for us to stay.  It’s the wet season, and it’s pouring so we take up the offer.  Welcome [...]

Three down, One to go

PENANG to SINGAPORE
It is 10,509 kms from Beijing to Singapore. Add this to the distance we travelled in Sth America and Europe, and you have a total of 25,118 kms – a rather large number and achievement too!
Strangely though, crossing the Causeway into Singapore our feelings were mixed.  We can’t wait to get home, but [...]

PHUKET to PENANG
Leaving Phuket for Malaysia, it was now “Terrorists” not “Tourists” that we had to avoid. Thanks to the good people at the Australian Consulate in Bangkok, we had learned of the recent trouble in Southern Thailand and had hatched a cunning plan to avoid it – take a ferry from Satun (Thailand) to [...]

Awesomeness!!!

BANGKOK to PHUKET
Ask Shane, and he will tell you – it is 1,020 kms from Bangkok to Phuket. This was no holiday, or easy ride – it was 12-day, body bruising, real adventure – and one we were pleased to have shared…
From Bangkok, we took the main highway, first west then south. This is not [...]

Silly Season !!

 
HO CHI MINH to BANGKOK
Cambodia was the setting for our “silly season” – and what a pleasant surprise it turned out to be…
The people were incredibly friendly.  Their smiles are so big, you couldn’t help but join in.  The road condition was also much better than we had feared.  The only real hazard, was avoiding [...]