As we touched down in Australia I’d expected a surge of emotion. This was, after all, our final continent (unless we manage to bike Antarctica one day).
Back in 2006, the plan was a simple cycle tour to Cape Town. Six years, 117,000 kilometers and 92 countries later and we’re still on the road.
Life’s full of twists and turns, as they say. And life on the road is our new normal. Within 48 hours, being in Australia felt completely ordinary. Which is a little sad, I suppose. A strong jolt of Culture Shock has its charm.
We’ve set ourselves an almost impossible task: cycle 9,500 kilometers in 90 days the long way round from Darwin to Melbourne via Perth.
Almost 2,000 kilometers in 20 days and we’re already thoroughly exhausted. We have, however, discovered a few things about Australia:
1. Distances are vast. London to Moscow is around 2,500 kilometers.
Know how far it is from Darwin (our Australia starting point) to Perth (the next city of any real size)? More than FOUR THOUSAND kilometers.
2. When Australians say “there’s nothing out there,” they’re not kidding. From one tiny settlement with a grocery store to the next can easily be 300 kilometers. In between, you might come across a roadhouse (gas station and convenience store with attached caravan park) and a rest area or two. Farmhouses or any other sign of human life are non-existent on these great empty expanses.
3. Sunrise and sunset in the outback is nothing short of amazing.
We’ve got plenty of stories to share but with so many kilometers to conquer little time to tell them. I hope these photos will convey the beauty we have experienced.