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Day 276: Katherine

350km south of Darwin, we arrived at Katherine, our first major town in the outback. It is a sleepy laid back place, with a large aboriginal population, a few shops selling didgeridoos and aboriginal art and curios, a big Woolworths (more like a Tesco here), and a good bikeshop!! Sedef suffering from a cold, we [...]

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Day 275: Route Change

Our plan in Australia was to follow Anne Mustoe’s route and head south from Darwin to Tennant Creek (1/3 of the way down the continent), then swing to the East Coast to Townsville & the Great Barrier Reef, and follow the coast down south to Sydney. However several days into cycling we realised that that [...]

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Day 274: Cycling the Outback

The Outback started literally 20km south of Darwin – the biggest city in the Northern Territory (NT) with a population of a staggering 70,000!! We quickly learned that the towns marked as little black dots on our map down the Stuart Highway were, at best a single roadhouse (an all in one family run shop/cafe/pub/sometimes [...]

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Day 270: Upside down!!

After 5 days of waiting, Cyclone Monica in Northern Australia dissipated down to a rating 1, having dumped a heavy load of rain on the Northern Territory. A lot of minor roads were flooded but the main highway we would cycle down south on was open. We could finally fly across from Bali to Darwin, [...]

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Sponsors Wanted

Since we have decided to extend our expedition to North America, we are looking for sponsorship partners to assist us with financing. This can be either in the form of merchandise, assistance with accommodation, intercontinental flights/transport, or financial sponsorship. Below is a summary of what we can offer in return – please email us if [...]

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The Whole Hog!!

Most sane, normal people would have thought cycling half-way around the world to Sydney would be more than enough effort, pain, and tears. Well, we are not most people – hence the moniker ‘Nuts’! As we got closer and closer to Australia we realised that we were significantly ahead of schedule, much fitter and leaner, [...]

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Impressions of Indonesia

Initially we were quite daunted by the prospect of Indonesia – India had been such a trial for us we weren’t looking forward to another third world country. We were horrified to hear that as many as 90% of Indonesians carry some form of parasite – in fact our guidebook advised “Never, ever, under any [...]

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Day 264: Bali

By the time we reached Bali we realised that we would have to depart Indonesia from here, as our visa would expire in the next 7 days and the ferry frequency would leave us ‘visa-less’ in either Flores or en-route to Timor. We had heard that there was a cyclone in Northern Australia (which means [...]

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Day 257: Bubbling Bromo

Our appetites whetted for volcanoes in Krakatau, we next headed towards the sulphur-spitting Mount Bromo – a ‘must-see’ in Java, and in fact all of Indonesia. The entire Bromo region is like a prehistoric scene – one almost expects to see dinosaurs walking around… It consists of a vast volcanic crater-bowl, 10km across with sheer [...]

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Day 255: Wonders of Central Java

Hugging the north coast and then swinging down south into central Java, we arrived in the city of Yogyakarta (or Jogja, as the locals call it). It is a popular tourist destination that is considered to be the very heart of Javanese culture and handcrafts. All classical Javanese arts (batik painting, wooden and shadow puppet [...]

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