The Early Days, February and March 2002
Tuesday, March 26th - Kempsey 427km/267m
Received an e-mail from Con: "Yesterday from Port Macquarie I was stopped by an ABC NSW Mid North Coast Radio reporter Steve MacDonald who interviewed me about the trike and my travels. I also did an interview for a Kempsey Newspaper The Maclay Argus, Jed took my picture and interviewed me.
I stayed at the Tall Trees Caravan Park last night where we had a storm with alot of thunder and lightning. I have seen one Koala and several lizards, one of which bounded toward me and then hastily retreated as I looked at it.
I have only met one other touring cyclist and that was in Port a Frenchman called P.O. He was cycling from Melbourne to Cairnes and needed to be in Brisbane by Easter.
Today seems to be a cooler day than any and it is overcast at present but they have predicted to get to about 29 degrees C. I am beginning to aclimatize to the weather now and things are going well."
Monday, Mach 25th, Port Macquarie, 389km/243m
Don Clark spoke to him on Tuesday morning. "He's sounding pretty chirpy, I caught him at the camping ground in Port Macquarie and I could hear the birds singing down the phone line! We had a good chat about cycling, trikes & trailers vs 2 wheels and lots about panniers. He had a chat with his Mum and Dad last night. He has got a leg of about 50km in mind today, which will get him to Kempsey. He's expecting to make Coffs Harbour (about another 100km) on Thursday, staying there for Easter, setting off again on Tuesday. I think he'll like Coffs. This morning he'll be checking his email at the Port Macquarie local Library."
Sunday, march 24rd - Dunbagan
Saturday, March 23nd - Taree
Friday, March 22nd - Hawks Nest, 218Km/136m
E-mail from Con: "I am in Hawks Nest at the moment. I came from Newcastle yesterday and I am planning to go to Budullah or just past. Had a realitivly good day yesterday until I turned left toward Carrington. There was no route marked on my map and I did a 10k detour. I was not happy about that. Hawks Nest is 12km down a road on the rightso I will have done a 25 km detour on top of the 10 km mistake. The weather is cooler, sunny but pleasant. I have just seen a Kangaroo sign. No live Kangaroos. I have a beach to visit today and so will go now and will let you know my progress soon."
Wednesday, March 19th. - Newcastle 160km/100m
Tuesday, March 18th
Jane Moon passed a message from Keith & Marg that they had spoken to Conrad. Conrad
was advised by a truck driver, who was presumably staying in the same motel in Windsor,
that the next 30 miles were "very bad." He offered Conrad a ride which he
Monday, March 17th
Albert says the house is empty without Conrad. On Sunday morning they were up early
with a good bacon and egg breakfast; loaded the trailer and were off to the sunny city of
Sydney. It was sunny and hot, up to 30degC by the time he pedaled out of the Opera House
forecourt and out of sight up Macquarie Street to circle round to head over the Sydney
Harbor Bridge and into history.
Saturday, March 16th
I spoke to Conrad today at 7:15am, Sunday, Sydney time. These time zones are very
confusing. He has changed his route out of Sydney and will be heading towards
Windsor. His trailer did arrive safely so it is all system go.
Friday, March 15th
Conrad has obtained a cell phone ( 0405 383 554 ) and I assume that his trailer has arrived as he has announced that he is heading out of Sydney on Sunday. He will be escorted by his friend Geoff who he met while cycling in Oregon, USA.
Conrad is featured on the website www.yourable
.com with a nice story about his trip.
Wednesday, March 13th
Con sent an e-mail with captions for 24 pictures that will hopefully be appearing here soon. Lyona sent the pictures for Con and I have started to post them in the Album on this website. Albums
Wednesday, March 13th
Con sent an e-mail with captions for 24 pictures that will hopefully be appearing here soon.
Monday March 11th.
It has been a quiet time. No news from Australia for a while, but that changed today. I received a phone call from Con.( it was just after midnight Sydney time) He was spending the afternoon with Wesley Scrutton and they had ended the day with a few beers.....so they decided to call Florida! He and Wes seem to be getting on very well together. Wesley is getting very involved and said his secretary Leona will coordinate communications (and, apparently, she is far more efficient than Wes could ever hope to be!) Con also mentioned that Anthea is worrying a little about Conrad's welfare. He actually said that "Anthea makes Carol (my wife) look like an amateur when it comes to worrying"!!
I also received the following delightful e-mail from Albert Clay. ( I will not normally publish private e-mails but I thought this one deserved to be shared with everyone.)
Thursday, March 7th
Con is settling into Sydney. He is sending e-mails and apparently eating well. He has contacted a friend he made in the USA when he was in Oregon. Geoff will lead Conrad out of Sydney when he sets off on Sunday the 17th. OnWednesday he went into Sydney visiting the Opera House and the bridge.
Tuesday, March 5th
Conrad has arrived in Australia. He called his parents to tell them that he and his bike had arrived safely I assume that he was met by Anthea & Albert Clay with a pick-up truck for the trike.
Monday, March 4th
Conrad left Heathrow without a hitch and Catrin took pictures : Click here
Sunday, March 3rd
I received a detailed route and schedule from Conrad this morning and I have posted it on the "Route & Schedule" page of this website. It goes into great detail about his exact route and where he will stay each night. I noticed that he is not taking the coast road from Sydney to Brisbane but is going inland via Bathurst, Dubbo, Tamworth, Armidale and then returning to the coast road at Grafton. Conrad is more organized than I thought! (I am off to Boston, MA, for the week, but I will keep updating the website while I am away, using my laptop computer.)
Saturday, March 2nd.
Conrad called today and confirmed that he was definitely leaving tomorrow night from Heathrow. He will be stopping in Tokyo for four hours. He is planning to get a phone in Australia that switches between a cell phone and a satellite phone depending on the coverage (through British Aerospace, I think). His start date has become a little flexible. It will probably be at the end of the week.
Thursday, February 28th.
Apparently Conrad is a little concerned about the tow-bar on his trailer. He thinks that it may be a little too short and interfere with his trike. He may try and get it extended before he sets off from Sydney. I think that he will have a solar powered cell phone with him, but it is only a rumour so far.(Let me know please if anyone has any definite information on this. Thanks. Click here) An enthusiastic Wesley Scrutton, in Sydney, has volunteered to help Conrad. Wes is the son of old family friends in England but has been working in Australia for about six months.
Tuesday, February 26th.
Read an article about Conrad's trip in TNT Travel Magazine. Click here.
Sunday February 24th.
The great day draws near. Conrad has his tickets to Australia on Japan Airlines and leaves England on March 3rd and arrives in Sydney on March 5th. Anthea and Albert Clay are meeting him at the airport and he is staying with them for a few days before setting off on his great adventure. He is shipping a trailer from England directly to the Clays so he will not have to worry about finding one when he arrives. He is planning to start his epic cycle ride from the steps of the Sydney Opera House on Monday March 11th, 2002.