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Day 328: Thank you Schwalbe

We have been donated a full set of tyres by Schwalbe, to replace our worn old ones! They are Marathon XRs – the best touring tyres money can buy. A big thank you to Chris and Guy at Schwalbe for getting it all sorted out for us.

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Day 327: Out of the outback

We finally reached the south coast at Port Augusta, from where we opted to climb the Horrocks Pass into the Clare Valley, heading south towards Adelaide via a slightly longer but more picturesque route. The green lush vineyard landscape and the pretty little villages of the Clare Valley was such a welcome change after the [...]

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With the break in Alice over, we got back on the bikes to cycle the rest of the outback. We were now in the midst of the desert proper – miles of nothing all around, no trees or bush to stop the howling 20-30 knot wind in our faces… It was the hardest cycling of [...]

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Day 300: Uluru, Olgas, Canyon

In Alice we took a week off to visit Uluru (Ayers’ Rock) and the nearby Olgas (Kata Tjuta) and Kings Canyon. No trip to Australia would be complete without a visit to ‘The Rock’. It was too much of a detour on the bikes so we opted to hire a car and have a little [...]

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Once back on the road after our semi-disaster, we wasted no time and headed straight south to Alice Springs. The weather was still hot and we had to be very careful with our water. A big tip for would be outback-cyclists is to carry a sign saying ‘Need Water’ and wave it at passing caravans [...]

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Day 285: Kindness of strangers

Waving Sedef off, Nic was left all alone, thinking he would probably have a rather boring few days and finish his 800 page book by the time she got back! As well as all the food… He hoped his boyish English charm would work with the caravaners to acquire some supplies! Expecting to forage for [...]

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Day 285: Rescue mission

Early the next morning Sedef set off with Lucy and Keiran (and Nic’s Condor) for Katherine, leaving Nic to his own devices with only two pot noodles and a mouldy apple (it was obvious what would be eaten last – the pot noodles :p). We arrived at the bike shop in Katherine early afternoon. Nigel [...]

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Day 282: End of the trip?

Just before Elliot, we were happily cycling along, minding our own business, with only 20km left to go before stopping for the day. We whizzed down a hill past a nice rest area, with a lot of caravaners waving and watching, when disaster struck. Nic’s derauilleur (rear gear system) got caught in his spokes and [...]

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Day 281: Into the outback…

… and the southeast wind blowing straight in our faces! As soon as we left Katherine the seasonal wind began to pick up. We had some tough cycling days, covering up to 120km per day. The terrain was flat, the roads were somewhat rough but OK, and the traffic going south was fairly light – [...]

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Day 279: Skippy… yum yum

If you are old (or sad) enough to remember Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, then you’ll remember how he always helped some poor soul in the outback (much like Lassie). Well, we made good friends with Skippy and his mates – and can tell you that they taste great! :p A great source of protein, and [...]

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