Three Wheels Around Oz
Wednesday, May 29 - Cairns - 72 days
Tuesday, May 28 - Cairns - 71 days
Con called from Cairns at 11am Australian time All is well. He has been there since Thursday and he is heading north to Port Douglas on Wednesday. Apparently he is carrying 35 liters of water and has had two punctures and replaced two tires. He hopes to reach Darwin by June 25th.
Saturday, May 18 - Ayr - 61 days
Conrad called his parents today, from Ayr, and explained why we had received no news from him for the last ten days. While sailing to the Whitsuntide Islands recently, Conrad carelessly enjoyed the sunshine. His feet, which rarely see daylight, became severly burnt and cycling caused the burns to blister badly enough for him to go to Bowen hospital for treatment. They burst and dressed the blister and instructed him to return the following day to change the dressing. When he returned they decided that it was serious enough for him to stay in hospital. Con stayed in hostpital for 6 days enjoying their "hospitality!" However, he is now fully recovered and back in the saddle.
I think that his friend Andy informed the campsite and they secured his trike and trailer while he was away and everything was intact on his return.
Wednesday, May 8 - Airlie Beach - 51 days - 2,076 km/1,298m
I am here in Airlie Beach where I have been resting for the past two days. I am here with a fella called Andy Short I have been cycling with him since I met him at The Caves and we are going up the coast and reaching Cairns in about the same time. He is from Southampton and has cycled from Perth and is stopping in Cairns because he is going to New Zealand to settle. We are cycling together by meeting each other in set places where we can get refreshments. This is good because we are both cycling at our own pace.
I have also met two Japanese cyclists who are cycling round from Cairns and so on the last leg. They are crazy because when you ask them if they have enjoyed it they say no and when you ask why are you doing it they do not know. They are crazy because they seem to turn up at every campsite in the dark irrelevent of how many km they have done. There is an Aussie that is cycling from Hervey Bay up to Cairns possibly because he has no destination and is just playing the whole trip by ear. He won't go any further than Cairns because you have to carry too much water.
Yesterday Andy and I went sailing to Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island on a 40ft yacht. This was fantastic. Really great fun when they hoisted up the sails and we started to sail. I really did enjoy the sailing, especally when the boat piched. They are not made for comfort on deck and after a while it becomes very hard. The beach was a beach very fine sand, very beauiful where I ventured into the sea for the first time on this trip.
Monday, May 6 - 49 days
No news from Con.
Friday, May 3rd - 46 days
I discovered Conrad's Radio interview on the ABC website at http://www.abc.net.au/centralqld/stories/s546750.htm