18 August 2008

Back in the land of sit down toilets

Just sitting in Gareth and Sue's living room having got back from the outback last night. The final part of the journey included 9 hours of road driving - this is a big country! It was really interesting to see the gradual transition from untouched outback, through the gold-fields with all the mining activity, into the wheat-belt and then across the escarpment into Perth and the sea.

The second part of the trip included more fantastic scenary, great riding and lots of animals. We ticked another conflunce point, which was a bit easier than the last, and rode about another 1100 km. The weather stayed kind to us although it was still cold at night! Saw a lunar eclipse very early on the last morning.

Took one fairly big spill which involved clipping the edge of a hidden termite mound and me and the bike parting company mid-air. The result was a broken panel on the bike, a shattered boot which could have been a broken shin (that's what the gear is for) and a soar shoulder for me! Could have been much worse. Apart from the the riding was great although I never quite managed to keep up with Ben and Gareth on the really bendy bits.

Now back in Perth having slept in a bed for the first time in two weeks. It was very pleasent to have a shower, loose the beard and sit on a toilet. Now sorting through 1200 photos and wondering what to do with 8 hours of video tape! Great trip, lovely people, fantatsic riding, awesome country, basically everything I hoped for and probably a bit more.

Will post some pics etc as I get things sorted.

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