Three Wheels Around Oz
Sunday, August 31, 2002 - Broome
Conrad called home to Tring. He is still in Broome as he is waiting for a friend to get ready so that they can cycle the next leg of the jouney together.
Monday, August 26th - Broome
Hi I have made it to Broome where I am staying at the BBO Broome Bird Observatory. The BBO is about 25 km outside Broome and very quite and relaxing. I arrived last Wednesday and will leave on Thursday 29/08/02, staying for about a week to rest and get myself ready for my next leg down to Perth. It is the first time that I have seen the sea since 03/06/02, 2.5 months which is a long time when you are cycling round the coast.
I have been at the following since Hals Creek:
I have met a few people on route a Dutch couple at Mary Pool, which was a rest area that resembled a caravan park because there were so many vans. I met a Pomm who had been working with the Australian Swimming Team for 9 months and then decided to travel round Ausralia for the last 3 months. As well as this I met a couple who live in Albany and have given me their address to visit them when I get to Albany.
The ride from Halls Creek has been largly undulating scrub and an exciting 20km around Ngunban Cliffs which was gorgious in the morning sun. The red rock does look fantastic when the sun shines on it.
Thats all for now
Thursday, August 22nd - Broome - 6,772km/4,232m
Received a brief e-mail saying that he was hoping to have an interview with a reporter and he has a new mobile phone number. 0439 914 575
Wednesday, August 21st - Broome Bird Observatory
Tuesday, August 20th - Nillibubbica Rest Area
Monday, August 19th - Bush Camp
Sunday, August 18th - Ellendale Rest Area
Saturday, August 17th - Fitzroy River Lodge
Friday, August 16th - Ngunban Cliff Rest Area
Thursday, August 15th - Mary Pool Rest Area
Wednesday, August 14th -
Tuesday, August 13th - Halls Creek Caravan Park
Happy Birthday to you,
Received this e-mail today:
I have made it into WA since I last e-mailed you all. I have had quite an exciting ride down from Katherine. The terrain is undulating and winding round escarpments, making the ride extremely interesting and beautiful especially in the evening sun on the red rock makes and awesome sight.
The weather at the moment is very hot about 30 degrees in the shade and I do not think that I have sweated quite so much in all my life. I am laving a town or roadhouse with between 20-25 litres of water, 20-25kg in weight that is lasting me about 3 days and 2 nights. At the same tine from dawn to dusk I am plagued with flies that are relentless in their pursuit for water settling in the corner of your eyes and the unfortunately being swallowed by myself. I cannot complain because I am only here by choice.
Halls Creek was the first town in Western Australia for gold to be discovered. I am camped in the Halls Creek Caravan Park where I have done some washing and had a shower.
Since Katherine I have stayed at
All the rest areas in WA can not be relied upon for water and so I have to carry all my water for the journeys between roadhouses or towns. I have met a few people on this section of my journey I have camped with three people twice an 82 year old chap called Arthur and a couple from Nottingham England called Trena and Terry. I cycled a little with Arthur (he is not cycling but does have a bike) 20km from Spring Creek. Trena and Terry are in a van travelling down to Broome and then back up to Darwin.
I stayed an extra day in Kununurra because Anne and Corinne where there having to wait for a rack to come because one had broken about 40km out of Dunmarra (where I last saw them). Some friends of Anne and Corinne who are travelling up from Broome stopped and gave me a drink and some food, they had been told that they would meet me on their travels by Anne and Corinne, Thank you.
Chris was a chap I met on the road cycling the opposite way to me going round to Melbourne from Perth. He was riding a recumbent trike and taking his time to cycle up the coast.
I think that is all the news that I have at the moment.
Monday August 12th - Halls Creek Caravan Park - 6,085km/3,803m
E-mail from Keith in England:
Sunday, August 11th - Little Panton River Rest Area
Saturday, August 10th - Spring Creek Rest Area
Friday, August 9th - Bow River Bush Camp
Thursday, August 8th - Denham River Rest Area
Morag heard from Con, briefly, and all is well - including the weather.
Wednesday, August 7th - Cockburn Turnoff Rest Area
Received the following e-mail via Conrad's parents:
Tuesday, August 6th - Kimberlyland Caravan Park Kununurra
Monday, August 5th - Town Caravan Park Kununurra
Sunday, August 4th - Rest Area
Saturday, August 3rd - Timber Creek
Cycled 92 km to Timber Creek, however he has lost his mobile somewhere on route, which may or may not prove to be a problem later.
The terrain has been interesting with a number of beautiful escarpments, but the vegetation is going back to scrub, although there are still some tallish trees which provide shade.
In about 200 km (probably Monday) he crosses from Northern Territory into Western Australia, when the clocks go back one and a half hours. This may be a problem, with dawn and dusk times - at present, dawn is around 7:00 AM and dusk 6:30 PM - the clock change will mean that on the eastern edge of WA, it will be dark at 5:00 PM!
Friday, August 2nd - Victoria River Roadhouse
Con spent the morning changing trailer tyres and mending punctures in spare tubes, then cycled 18 km to Victoria River Roadhouse.
Thursday, August 1st - Sullivan Campground Gregory Nat Park
I received the following e-mail from the "Send a Progress Report" link on this website: