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    Archive for October, 2007

    Day 571 – Resting in Alice Springs

    Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

    0 km etc.

    The powerful MSR multifuel burner...

    Cooking at the Wintersun Caravan Park, Alice Springs.


    Day 570 – Ti-Tree -> Alice Springs (camping)

    Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

    Distance (km) : 200.6 (longest cycling day ever!)
    Time on bike : 8h 45m
    Brutto time: 08.00 – 18.00
    Avg : 23.1 km/h
    Max.speed: 46.3 km/h
    Total (km) : 22.684

    It was a very, very long and beautiful day...


    Day 569 – Barrow Creek -> Ti-Tree (camping)

    Monday, October 29th, 2007

    Distance (km) : 90
    Time on bike : 4h 04m
    Brutto time: 08.05 – 14.30
    Avg : 19.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 35.6 km/h
    Total (km) : 22.483

    Barrow Creek Roadhouse.

    Barrow Creek Camp

    Ti-Tree Roadhouse.


    Day 568 – Wauchope -> Barrow Creek (camping)

    Sunday, October 28th, 2007

    Distance (km) : 112
    Time on bike : 6h 18m
    Brutto time: 07.40 – 16.30
    Avg : 17.7 km/h
    Max.speed: 30.1 km/h
    Total (km) : 22.393

    Early ray of light...

    Sunrise at Wauchope.

    Nice grass at Wauchope Roadhouse...

    German fellas Katharina & Volker and I, Wauchope.

    Mars Men at Wycliffe Well - the centre of UFO spotting in Australia. (silly, eh?)

    It ain't pretty, but it did the trick. Zink paste.

    Barrow Creek sign.

    Barrow Creek Roadhouse.

    Barrow Creek Roadhouse.

    Barrow Creek Roadhouse.

    Barrow Creek Roadhouse.

    Barrow Creek Roadhouse.


    Day 567 – Tennant Creek -> Wauchope (camping)

    Saturday, October 27th, 2007

    Distance (km) : 116
    Time on bike : 4h 27m
    Brutto time: 08.50 – 15.00
    Avg : 26.1 km/h (fastest day again!)
    Max.speed: 41.0 km/h
    Total (km) : 22.281

    Devil's Marbles, NT.

    Devil's Marbles, NT.

    Devil's Marbles, NT.

    Thunder storm coming. Wauchope Roadhouse.

    Crashing. Wauchope Roadhouse.


    Tennant Creek update, sort of…

    Friday, October 26th, 2007

    (English only)

    Just a very short notice here from super hot Tennant Creek. It’s been some wonderful cycling days since I left the Darwin region about 10 days ago. A lot of pedalling and sharing camp site stories with fellow travellers.

    All is very fine here. I’ve had some pretty crazy cycling days down the Track, including a few (personal) record breaking ones. More about that from Alice Springs when I get there next week. Internet is very, very sparse around here, and at 8 USD/hour it ain’t cheap either…Expect long delays from the WT Camp.

    High spirits,

    The Bush Tucker Man


    Day 566 – Banka Banka -> Tennant Creek (camping)

    Friday, October 26th, 2007

    Distance (km) : 109
    Time on bike : 4h 04m
    Brutto time: 08.40 – 14.10
    Avg : 25.3 km/h (fastest day so far)
    Max.speed: 43.0 km/h
    Total (km) : 22.158

    Banka Banka Cattle Station.

    Banka Banka Cattle Station.

    Banka Banka Cattle Station.

    Dry bushland...

    Having a little lunch break in the outback...

    Getting closer...Just 530 km to go.

    The natural entrance to Tennant Creek.

    Election's coming up...Vote for the cowboy!

    Food!!! Supermarkets! Civilization! Arrival Tennant Creek, NT.


    Day 565 – Renner Springs -> Banka Banka (camping)

    Thursday, October 25th, 2007

    Distance (km) : 60
    Time on bike : 3h 46m
    Brutto time: 10.25. – 14.45
    Avg : 15.9 km/h
    Max.speed: 35.5 km/h
    Total (km) : 22.055

    Californian Larry, a cool and highly interesting "mobilhome RTW traveller" on his 6th year...

    Getting ready to go, Renner Springs.

    Renner Springs.

    Between Renner Springs and Banka Banka.

    Quick pasta again!


    Day 564 – Dunmarra -> Renner Springs (camping)

    Wednesday, October 24th, 2007

    Distance (km) : 196 (longest day ever)
    Time on bike : 9h 53m!
    Brutto time: 08.00. – 20.30!
    Avg : 19.8 km/h
    Max.speed: 35.5 km/h
    Total (km) : 21.994

    Stinky old cow.


    Terrific OZ outback cycling...

    Sunset cycling, on my way to Renner Springs.

    Sunset cycling, on my way to Renner Springs.

    Unforgetable sunset in the Australian bush...


    Day 563 – Larrimah -> Dunmarra (camping)

    Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

    Distance (km) : 139
    Time on bike : 6h 12m
    Brutto time: 07.35. – 16.00
    Avg : 22.5 km/h
    Max.speed: 38.6 km/h
    Total (km) : 21.798

    Morning light in Larrimah...

    Morning light in Larrimah.

    I deserved that burger...

    Elliott - pop. 600. The biggest settlement between Katherine and Tennant Creek.


    Day 562 – Mataranka -> Larrimah (camping)

    Monday, October 22nd, 2007

    Distance (km) : 76
    Time on bike : 3h 48m
    Brutto time: 10.45 – 15.45
    Avg : 20.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 31.7 km/h
    Total (km) : 21.660

    Brekkie time!

    A lonely Soldier of the Sky. Larrimah, NT.

    Larrimah Hotel and Pub

    A quiet afternoon in Larrimah...


    Day 561 – Article writing in Mataranka…

    Sunday, October 21st, 2007

    0 km etc.

    Beautiful peacock...Mataranka Caravan Park.

    Cheaky peacock...Mataranka Caravan Park.

    Barramundi feeding in Mataranka.

    Termite mounds in Mataranka.


    Day 560 – Katherine -> Mataranka (camping)

    Saturday, October 20th, 2007

    Distance (km) : 115
    Time on bike : 7h 04m
    Brutto time: 09.10 – 18.10
    Avg : 16.2 km/h
    Max.speed: 25.3 km/h
    Total (km) : 21.582

    Another hot day...

    The life saver...

    A happy RTW cyclist...

    Just south of Katherine, Stuart Hwy.

    Survival of the fittest in the OZ outback.

    Termite mounds in Mataranka.

    Bitter Springs, Elsey National Park, Mataranka.


    Day 559 – A Gorgeous Gorge…

    Friday, October 19th, 2007

    0 km. etc.

    Restday + kayaking at the gorgeous Katherine Gorge (pun intended)…

    Katherine Gorge

    Katherine Gorge

    Katherine Gorge kayaking...

    Katherine Gorge


    Day 558 – Hayes Creek -> Katherine (hostel)

    Thursday, October 18th, 2007

    Distance (km) : 149
    Time on bike : 8h 21m!
    Brutto time: 09.25 – 20.00
    Avg : 17.8 km/h
    Max.speed: 33.4 km/h
    Total (km) : 21.467


    The classic...

    Land of Shadows...


    Day 557 – Batchelor -> Hayes Creek (camping)

    Wednesday, October 17th, 2007

    Distance (km) : 100
    Time on bike : 5h 25m
    Brutto time: 10.45 – 18.15
    Avg : 18.4 km/h
    Max.speed: 39.1 km/h
    Total (km) : 21.318

    Ready to head for the outback. Yihaa...

    The Butterfly Farm Crew...Lovely people.

    Me and my neighbour at Hayes Creek Camping

    On the road again...

    Burnt bush

    A sight way too common in the Australian outback...Dead kangaroos.


    Day 556 – The Goodbye Party

    Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

    Yeah!!! Finally my packet has arrived in Darwin!

    The King of Denmark and his Queen. Batchelor Butterfly Farm. NT/OZ


    Day 555 – The Animals

    Tuesday, October 16th, 2007

    The Cheeky Bastard. Batchelor Butterfly Farm. NT/OZ.

    Batchelor Butterfly Farm. NT/OZ.

    Beast of beauty. Batchelor Butterfly Farm

    Batchelor Butterfly Farm


    Day 554 – The Swing

    Monday, October 15th, 2007

    Nicolai at the Swing, Batchelor, NT - OZ.

    The Swing and a wannabe Tarzan


    Day 553 – Batchelor Butterfly Farm

    Sunday, October 14th, 2007

    Uhh, you have to move your finger from the lens, fella!

    Batchelor Butterfly Farm.


    Day 552 – Wwoofing

    Saturday, October 13th, 2007

    WWOOFing at Batchelor Butterfly Farm

    Sweet, sweet, sweet...


    Day 551 – The Double-decker bus (from 1947)

    Friday, October 12th, 2007

    My home inside the double-decker bus in Batchelor, NT - OZ


    X-Mas is coming my way…

    Thursday, October 11th, 2007

    As we all know by now – it is October after all – Christmas is just around the corner and what a great delight it generates.

    In many ways my time here in Darwin suburbia has been one hell of a learning experience. first gardening, then the upgraded landscaping, and today a bit of garden sculpturing. It’s all fine. Also I’ve learned that the Australian Post Service isn’t a snappy as they pretend – and this fact is the reson for this news entry.

    The garden sculpturer's work! Humpty Doo, October 2007.

    If, for some unknown reason, you feel obliged to send me a Christmas thought, a classic Christmas card, or whatever, I can be reached on the following address until X-mas. Hopefully, I don’t have to wait this long next time, in Adelaide where I might end up spending X-mas. We’ll see…

    BANGSGAARD, Nicolai
    Poste Restante
    Adelaide, South Australia 5000

    Expect approx. 3 weeks for the delivery.

    Hope all is fine out there!

    Nicolai, the garden sculpturer

    The Constant Gardener. Humpty Doo, October 2007.


    Day 550 – “The Lot”

    Thursday, October 11th, 2007

    A burger with "the lot". Darwin suburb


    Day 549 – Gardening

    Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

    The Constant Gardener, Humpty Doo. (WWOOFing)


    Day 548 – Humpty Doo Library

    Tuesday, October 9th, 2007



    I need your help – again!

    Monday, October 8th, 2007

    First off, thanks a lot to all of those helping hands! Your comments, ideas, and opinions on Flickr, here and private have been a great help to me finding a focus.

    Well, not really ‘cos I’m now in a photographic turmoil greater than the other day!

    Generally speaking I’ve been advised to try and find a theme for the calender. Some opt for an “expedition theme”, other for “the people you’ve met” and others have come up with other great ideas that are just complicating it all – but again, thanks a lot!

    I like both ideas (WT and people focus) and have tried to sort photos for different calenders with different themes.

    A) My personal favourites

    B) The Expedition

    C) People of the World

    D) Nature

    The 107-108 photos from Round 1 have been cooking for a while and now counts a mere 70 photos. Actually, the first 16 photos (until the rear view mirror photo) didn’t appear in Round 1. They all got a wild card, straight in to the second go. The world is so unfair sometimes. Bring it on – Round 2!

    …and to complicate things further another 20 late arrivals have appeared. Out of the blue!Check them out here and tell me what you think…Any nuggets?



    Day 547 – A Weird Name

    Monday, October 8th, 2007

    Humpty Doo indeed is a strange name for a town...


    Day 546 – A ride towards Kakadu (daytrip)

    Sunday, October 7th, 2007

    Arnhem Highway (hidden) into Kakadu Nat. Park, NT - OZ


    The young traveller…

    Saturday, October 6th, 2007

    A Saturday evening walk down memory lane brought me to this 1977 photo taken in Belgium of a very young lad…

    Take a look!

    Fashion always meant a lot to me…



    WT article in Danish MetroXpress Newspaper (28SEP07)

    Saturday, October 6th, 2007

    …but sadly it’s all in Danish. I feel kind of terrible posting all these “empty” notes to the non-Danish speaking guys out there.

    MetroXpress 28SEP07

    The Gardener


    Day 545 – Humpty Doo Room

    Saturday, October 6th, 2007

    My room in Humpty Doo, NT - OZ.


    Day 544 – Roast Lamb + Bourbon

    Friday, October 5th, 2007

    o km etc.


    Day 543 – The Landscaping Man

    Thursday, October 4th, 2007

    Sorry, but this post is not available in English


    Day 542 – All These Western Experiences

    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

    Wild life of the Day: The Green (and friendly) Frog.

    Fiona and I cruise around most of Darwin today doing all sorts of small things. Like consuming a great breakfast buffet at a Darwin restaurant that – according to my grateful standards – is a very fine place.

    At the library I realize how wonderful the world of the library is – I haven’t been there for 1½ years now.
    All of these Western experiences (supermarkets, libraries, public toilets, trash bins everywhere, sidewalks, street lights, potable tap water, being able to talk to people in the street and at the bakery) that I re-live here in Australia – it’s like being born again and see the world right from the beginning. Wicked!

    The Green Frog.

    Jayden and Tayla. Humpty Doo, Darwin suburb


    I need your help!

    Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

    I’m facing a challenge. Among roughly 20.000 WT-photos I (hopefully with a bit of help from you) have to select just 12 (!) which are to form a 2008 photo calender (the wall kind of thing) that I’m making together with Print2People and that’ll be for sale this autumn (more info to come).

    The whole idea with this calender is to give a little taste (12 bits, actually) of how it is to cycle around the world, of how the world looks through a WT optic…and of our beautiful world of course.

    It’s a bloody hard work, I’ve just realized. During the last 1½ year I’ve taken numorous favourite photos that all mean a lot to me, that tell a story which is part of me, or that I simply just like looking at.

    I’ve selected 108 photos from the last 540 days but I find it very hard to find the right filters in order to boil the soup down to a mere 12 photos. That’s why I need your help!

    The 108 photos make up Round 1 and I hope that you – through feedback (be it good or bad), ideas or otherwise, can help me cut down that number remarkably. The result might be Round 2 etc. until the 12 photos are there.

    If there’s one or more WT photos that you particularly like and that might fit the calender, please speak up. Likewise, if you think that some of the photos are crab (I might like the photo for personal reasons, I’m terribly biased here!) or just not suitable for a show case, let me know.

    I really appreciate any kind of help here, folks!

    Welcome to a little WT potpourri…

    Nicolai (Humpty Doo, Darwin, Oz)


    Day 541 – The Crocodile Day

    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

    Up here in the Northern Territory the school kids have a week off this week. Fiona, her grandkids Tayla and Jayden and I visit the Darwin Crocodile Farm today. Get ready for some big salties out there!

    Crocodile Farm Darwin.

    Crocodile Farm Darwin, Oz.

    Crocodile Farm Darwin.

    Crocodile Farm Darwin, Oz.

    Crocodile Farm Darwin, Oz.

    The wind mill at Fiona's. Humpty Doo, NT.

    McMinns Lagoon afternoon walk.


    Photographical highlights from Nepal

    Monday, October 1st, 2007

    Check them out on Flickr where you’ll also find hundreds of other WT-photos – if it’s gonna be a long and boring autumn back home… 🙂

    Nepalese Highlights



    Day 540 – The Bourgainville

    Monday, October 1st, 2007

    Tune of the Day: My Moon, My Man – Feist

    A nasty and thorny bourgainville bush gives me a surprisingly hard time when – at noon (35 C) – I try to demolish it in the backyard. Evidently, it’s not only in the women’s world, but also in the botanical world, that the beautiful ones are the hardest to tame…

    It's cheap, it's good! Woolworth's Home Brand

    Happiness has more to do with how you construe the events in your life than the actual events themselves. Readers Digest-philosophy, september 2007.

    Getting rocks for the backyard in Humpty Doo.

    Wild life spotting of the Night: Possum

    …and a little fatty…

    Spider and cobweb