Sunday, 27 April 2014

The Nullarbor plan

First of all, sorry about the lack of pictures, but I'm using mobile internet and need to save as much as possible of my credit. Please check out my Facebook page for more pictures from my adventure.
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So here we are again. I'm ready to head out onto the big highway. This time, it will be the toughest and hardest thing I've ever experienced so far. If you don't count other car (and truck...) drivers, I will most likely be by myself for at least 13 days. This is one of the most deserted parts of Highway 1. It has the longest straight stretch in Australia, “the 90 mile straight”, 146.6km of a single straight line. So from now until then, I'll be praying the wind gods for tailwind. Because cycling in a straight line, with headwind, is not something I'd prefer.

To save money I've bought enough groceries to last about 12-13 days. BUT to keep weight down, I've opted for the same food. So my meals for the next couple of weeks will be as follows:

Breakfast – Oats with dried fruit
Lunch – Pasta and spiced tuna
Dinner – Pasta, tuna and (dehydrated) peas
Supper – A few pieces of dark chocolate
Snacks throughout the day – apples and biscuits

I've also sent a head 3 kg of stuff and clothes I don't need for Nullarbor to the Port Augusta post office, to get a bit more space. So will have to pick this up when I finally get there.

During my research for this trip, I found an amazing bicycle touring guide for crossing the Nullarbor. “Cycling across Australias Nullarbor” by Mike Boles. You can find the guide HERE.
It has given me heaps of information on where to camp, have shower, fill my bottles with rainwater and more. This has been my base for the planning of leg two.

This is the (rough) plan:

  • Day 1: Esperance to Norseman part 1 - Leave Esperance tomorrow (27/04/14) and do as close to 115 km as possible, as this is a rest stop.
  • Day 2: Esperance to Norseman part 2 - Try and find a wild camp spot 10-20 km outside Norseman
  • Day 3: Norseman day - Head into Norseman, fill up bottles, stock up if anything is needed and then head 20 km out of the town to camp. Short day
  • Day 4: Norseman to Fraser Range – Fill up bottles and wild camp a bit further east.
  • Day 5: Fraser Range to Balledonia: Fill up water and wild camp a bit further east
  • Day 6: Balledonia to Caiguna – If the wind is in my favour, I'll hopefully make it to Caiguna. If not, there is a small gorge (north side of the road) 42 km west of Caiguna roadhouse. Might have to purchase water, but will try to avoid
  • Day 7: Caiguna to Cocklebiddy: Will stop at Cocklebiddy for a shower, laundry and water. However, will not camp here. Will find a camping spot a bit further out.
  • Day 8: Cocklebiddy to Madura (Modini Bluff) – Will stop at the roadhouse and fill up water, but plan on making it to Mondini Bluff rest stop to camp.
  • Day 9: Madura (Modini Bluff) to Mundrabilla: Will consider paying for camping here, if shower is included in the price. If not, I will carry on a bit further east. However, if the rainwater tank 2 km before Mundrabilla is empty, I'll have to pay for camping as tap water is reserved for guests.
  • Day 10: Mundrabilla to Eucla – 2 km before Eucla, there's a challenging hill. When at the roadhouse, I'll have a shower and fill up my bottles. Then carry on a bit further east to wild camp.
  • Day 11: Eucla to Nullarbor part 1 – Will fill up water by available rainwater tanks. Then there is apparently a okay spot for wild camping between kilometre posts 80 and 85, by a grove of trees.
  • Day 12: Eucla to Nullarbor part 2 – Making my way along the Great Australian Bight, I'll see some amazing views of the Bunda cliffs. Hopefully I'll make it to the Nullarbor roadhouse. Here I'll shower, wash my clothes and stay the night. Apprently there's few good wildcamping spots for at least 35 km.
  • Day 13: Nullarbor to (Yalata) Nundroo – It's a 148 km cycle, however it's supposed to be fairly hilly. I'm hoping to make it, but if I don't I'll probably camp near the old (and closed down) Yalata roadhouse/station.
  • Day 14: (Yalata) Nundroo to Penong – This is a short cycle, but can still be quite hilly I've been told. Will try and wild camp a few km past Penong roadhouse.
  • Day 15: Penong to Ceduna – A short cycle to finish off Nullarbor. Here's I plan on heading to the tourist office to buy my Nullarbor-crossing certificate. Then buy the biggest meal known to man from somewhere. Then I might camp at Cabins & Caravan Park if a shower is included. If not, I'll probably wild camp.

After this I'm heading to Port Augusta as quickly as possible. Hopefully I'll be in Port Augusta by my birthday, the 13th May. If all goes to plan, I'll find a Couch Surfer host to stay with for a few days in Port Augusta. Here I hope to stay for a few days recovering, then hitch hiking up to Uluru and back down again. Then head on to Adelaide.

This is going to be a crazy tiring, but so exciting journey. It will test me mentally, but I can't wait.


PS. Just to warn friends and family, it might be up to 48 hours between each update on Facebook. So if you don't see any updates from Endomondo (my sport tracker) in the evening, don't panic.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Leg one = 1046km (650 miles)

Made it to Esperance
As I was coming in to Esperance the feeling of pure joy came over me. The feeling of accomplishment. I think it's fair to say I felt a bit proud of myself (not to brag). But also, the knowledge that me cycling across Australia is really helping children in Norway and Australia is great. I checked my emails a couple of days a go and found an email from Sykehusklovnene (Hospital clowns) that said "You're doing great, you're over halfway towards your goal". Someone donated 5000kr (AU$ 810/£450)!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

HOW TO DONATE

Okay, a few people have messaged me and asked how they can donate to the charities I'm fundraising for. So here's a quick guide:


Saturday, 5 April 2014

NEW ROUTE

The journey to Sydney and to Perth went great. Here in Perth, I've been staying with a great Scottish family. So the final details are coming together now. One thing has changed though: the first leg of my journey. Check out the new route.