After resting and getting supplies, rest, repairs a fundraiser and a bath in Brisbane I depart for the next cycle leg along the The Legendary Pacific Coast. I have about 3000 km left to Melbourne in total. Next rest day Byron Bay(below) stay tuned for some great pictures/events along the way.
Rest days are for repairs, buying supplies, planning route ahead arranging and attending fundraisers, plus a bit of an adventure. Airborne here over Brisbane taking Pterodactyl Helicopters for a spin glad I kept my license valid. Flew a scouting trip my upcoming route to Sydney with Mike at 1000 ft and 220 kph. Think I'll sell my bike this is way faster and no trucks up here. lots of mountains ahead. Photo
FINALLY. The Sunshine Coast of Australia and the Pacific Ocean. What a sight. I felt at home seeing an Ocean that connected with my home I miss so much in Vancouver Canada. I put my feet in the water and walked along the beach taking sand from the Pacific ocean beach here and will drop it in the Tasman Sea 3000 km south in Melbourne
I think this is a Brown Snake????....If so they are bad.
I can almost see Brisbane 150 km. The single treacherous Bruce hwy was the only road north of here, making it extremely busy and full of very large trucks plus a poor surface. We enjoyed the outback areas and the dirt and gravel roads we used to get off it. This highway that was cut through the jungle and rain forests up north has opened to a choice of beautiful winding countryside roads with undulating hills, pastures with cattle, green grass, water in the streams, and tropical birds of every kind.
Above : Many wildfires all over chases out wildlife, concerned about road closures due to smoke and fire...very dry season has been 42 C.Another nice
Below: Roadhouse keeper in Bundaburg 300 km north of Brisbane let me taste a bit of Bundaburgs finest beer. Made the best Australian pies as well.
Finally! A sign with the distance to Brisbane after 1000 km.I am very excited as I heard they actually have bathtubs in Brisbane hotels . For the last 1000 km there has not been a bathtub. Sitting on a bike on the seat 8-10 hours a day a bath is just the best place to sit. Get it ! Then only 3000 km more to Melbourne. Temperature cooled to 42 C today. Going south of the equator further thought heat would drop more rapidly. But at 25 KPH changes are not fast.
Mars is likely a friendlier place than this to cycle there is likely water and no snakes.Look at the track we are following the trees eventually disappeared eliminating any shade.I have been bitten so many times by bugs, mosquitoes flies and one very swollen spider bite it looks like I have the measles. I don't look very happy because I'm not. My ass fell off my body about 200 km earlier. The deep grasses and rocky areas had many snakes that slither away or just hiss in the grass. I hate snakes. Laugh if you want but snake chaps and leather boots prevent a fangs penetration.Map, compass, gps, food, water, matches. Headwinds are 20 to 30 kph and relentless like a blast furnace... but it cooled to 37C today. I have never felt more like going home having a bath and reading the paper than ever in my entire journey as the last few days.Only 900 km to Brisbane
If you roll into a roadhouse in the middle of no-where-ville on your bike in the outback all dusty and hot. They just might let you fill your water bottles at the beer tap with an unlimited amount of xxxx lager. I love Australia!
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