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Leaving Melbourne Tomorrow

Melbourne, Australia

Hi All...Well, organizing and getting gear for my bike ride from Cairns to Darwin is done and all that is left to do is pack up and catch the bus tomorrow evening. Spent the past two days chasing last minute stuff and seeing if it will all fit. Everything seems good.

I will spend two days in Brisbane now because my train doesn't leave until Monday evening arriving Cairns on Tuesday evening. While I am in Brisbane I will probably go to the Art Museum and maybe catch a movie. I am staying in hostels in Brisbane and Cairns but I have a private room in Cairns for two nights and maybe three. I will check out the diving and snorkeling boat trips before heading North of Cairns for a couple of camping nights somewhere near the beach hopefully, crocodiles permiting!

Then the Ride begins and I estimate 28- 30 days of riding and 5-8 rest days depending on where I am and what there is to see. I considered taking the less improved and more isolated Northern Route (which is 600-700 K shorter), but one look at Google Earth convinced me that the Southern Route on sealed roads is adventurous and isolated enough!

The main climbing is on the second day at the end and is moderate but long and then it is a short descent and a fairly flat ride across the desert. The temperature today in Mt. Isa which is deep in the desert middle of nowhere and my approximate Halfway point was a low of 10.9C/ 51f and a high of 22.3C/ 70.9F, with light to moderate winds (22- 30Kph) from the S-SE so no big deal. I should be there before August 14th maybe as early as the 10th so still time for plenty of weather changes.

i am posting a pic of me and the guitar (which I will miss) and one of my gear piled up so you can see what I am carrying.

From now on any posts will be made from my IPhone or an Internet cafe.

I will try to update every 4 days or so and post pics when I can as well.

Wish you were here!

permalink written by  Mike_Veine on July 19, 2012 from Melbourne, Australia
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