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    Archive for November, 2007

    The Milestones – A Visual Journey (update)

    Friday, November 30th, 2007

    The Milestones, as per November 30th 2007

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    Day 601 – It’s Gotta Be Exotic, they say.

    Friday, November 30th, 2007

    I spent most of the day trying to catch up with the outside world. Seems like I didn’t really miss any big headlines during the last month or so. Oh, yes, the Danish Prince Joachim is getting married again. To a French girl this time (it’s gotta be exotic, it’s gotta be exotic is the mantra in the Royal Danish Family. It was always like that). Big headline stuff is all relative, right…

    St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Adelaide.

    Carolyne, my host, has got some great stuff in her CD collection, and I happily scavenge through it from A-Z today. I can now honestly say that I have the most fantastic iPod on Earth. True. 11.000 songs of gold. My darling. I can’t wait to get back on the road, with the head phones plugged…dreaming, thinking.

    In town today, I met Joseph, the good Irish (cum Australian) cyclist that appears on some of my outback photos and that I cycled with for about 10 days south of Alice Springs. Small world.

    Crown & Sceptre Bar

    The girls, Carolyne and her US friend Lauren take me out tonight for a bit of live music in the cool Adelaide Crown & Sceptre Bar. It’s been a while since my last live music gig, and – combined with a moderate row of Coopers Pale Ale – it was a smooth night out.

    Crown & Sceptre Bar

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    Day 600 – Short Skirt, Long Jacket

    Thursday, November 29th, 2007

    Tune of the Day: Fade Into You – Mazzy Star

    From the Migration Museum, Adelaide

    Today was sightseeing day in Adelaide.

    Reflections at the Migration Museum, Adelaide.

    Visiting all these cultural institutions is great, and it’s such a big contrast to cycling in the outback. I feel human again!

    The State Library of SA

    Aboriginal pictures. South Australian Museum

    South Australian Museum.

    Just strolling up and down the busy pedestianized Rundle Mall is a pleasure. So many people in the sun, so many smiles, so many short skirts. Life’s not always easy round here… ;-)

    Rundle Mall, Adelaide CBD.

    In the Japanese Himeji Garden I had a break from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, with news from home…

    News from home!

    Living Room

    Cheers!

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    Day 599 – An Amphibian Human Being

    Wednesday, November 28th, 2007

    Tune of the Day: Headache – Frank Black

    I guess I’m a sort of an amphibian human being. Not that I’m cold-blooded or have 4 legs. But I tend to find comfort and joy in most environments, from the empty and isolated Aussie outback with no modern luxuries around, to here, at Carolyne’s place!

    It feels like heaven here – the bed is huge and firm, the internet is fast, Suzy (the Cat) is adorable, the kettle gives me hot water (coffee!) with no fuss and fumbling with the multifuel burner, the fridge is cold, the sun’s warm. Life can be so sweet & simple.

    In fact, the cosyness of just fooling around in the house – slightly pretending it’s all mine, while Carolyne’s at work in town at the Forensic Science Department – prevented me from doing any sightseeing at all today. So much for planning. Instead Carolyne and I went to the movies to see a cute little French move, Conversations with my Gardener - or as the French would have undoubtedly put it, Dialogue avec mon jardinier.

    In most Australian states (incl. SA) you have to wear a helmet when cycling. I find that stupid. Downright.

    Partly because I don’t have one and don’t intent on buying one ‘cos I feel quite claustrophobic (and geeky) with to much crap attached to my head (no sunnies either), and partly because I think the Australian urge to control its citizens went too far here. So far I’ve managed to cross the continent with just a few warnings from the police (a firm “Put your helmet on!”) , and I believe I’ll be able to continue that way…Time will tell.

    Quote of the Day: With our thoughts we create the World – Buddha.

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    Day 598 – Australia is like that!

    Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

    Nuriootpa -> Adelaide (private acc.)
    Distance (km) : 96
    Time on bike : 5h 45m
    Brutto time: 10.00 – 18.45
    Avg : 16.6 km/h
    Max.speed: 57.8
    Total (km) : 24.394

    Ian, me, and Ginny in Nuriootpa...

    All good things come to an end.

    It was time for me to leave the lovely Jones Family in Nuriootpa and go for the last 100 km to Adelaide. Granny Ginny made a huge breakfast for me that virtually boosted me with energy all the way to the South Australian capital city.

    All set!

    The kindness of the family knows no end, so before I left the Barossa Valley, I got myself a quick & free haircut in the Tanunda Salon. Thanks, Kirby!

    Kirby gave me a haircut in Tanunda - free of charge!

    Everyone’s safe in the Barossa Valley…

    Barossa Valley sign. Nuriootpa.

    Lyndoch Hotel - Barossa Valley.

    Gawler boulevard...

    Through Hospitality Club I already had a contact (a few, to be honest) in Adelaide and was happy that Carolyne, my great host for the next days, was there to meet me in West Hindmarsh, an Adelaide suburb just 5 km NW of the city centre.

    I felt like leaving one El Dorado (Nuriootpa) in the morning, only to arrive at the next one (here!) in the evening. Australia is like that. Such a likeable place…

    The Perfect Room. West Hindmarsh, Adelaide.

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    Day 597 – The Biggest Rocking Horse on Earth

    Monday, November 26th, 2007

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    The Whispering Wall. Whispering from one end of the 140m long wall is easily registered from the other.

    The Biggest Rocking Horse in the World..

    Long way from home - Copenhagen: 15.745 km...

    Amber and her beautiful nugget Aiden...At the Rocking Horse.

    Teddy bears...The Toy Factory. Barossa Valley.

    Youngster Aiden feeding the tame kangoroo...

    Cheese tasting at the Chocolate and Cheese Factory, Eden Valley.

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    A Happy Family

    Monday, November 26th, 2007

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    Please excuse my recent silence and take it as a proof that no news is good news.

    I’ve been having some seriously lovely days here in Nuriootpa in the Barossa Valley. The last days have been super compact and it feels like my mind and memo is struggling to keep up with the experiences that just keep rolling in. Through the website Hospitality Club I was warmly invited by the Jones Family right in the centre of the Barossa. And what a great family that is!

    I’ve been spoilt in a way that’s just unheard of in Camp WT, thanks to mom Ginny, dad Ian, their daughters Kinny and Amber + husband Adam and their kids Aiden (2) and Ava (4), all the dogs and birds and all the other folks I’ve met during the last 3 days.

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    A few hours after my arrival here (Saturday) I found myself at a private Princess & Commando theme party with lots of new, happy faces, great music, chilled ambience and heaps of Coopers Pale Ale. It was a full on introduction for me…

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    On Sunday (25NOV) Ian took me for a ride in his flashy vintage 1974 Holden Monaro around the lush & lovely Barossa Valley. It’s a fantastic car and we got a lot of attention (my Koga bicycle would’ve been jealous) driving around in that V8 powerhouse.

    My host Ians flashy 1974 vintage Holden Monaro V8. The perfect way to cruise around the Barossa Valley...

    I felt like I was in some road movie or – when Ian pushed down the pedal which, fortunately, he likes a lot :-) – like in a Nintendo car race game. We went to one of the many wineries that are scattered around the area and obviously I couldn’t help myself at the wine tasting counter…

    Today (Monday), Ginny, Amber, her kids and I went sightseeing around and outside the Valley, to The Chocolate Factory, The Cheese Factory and The Toy Factory, and the biggest rocking horse in the world! Now how’s that! I’ve been trying to keep my feet on the ground here, but I have to say that I’ve lost my heart to the Barossa Valley – feel confident that I could actually settle down here.

    I might not do that for 2 reasons:
    1) The bicycle would be quite discontent with that, and
    2) I still haven’t found my missus yet

    so,

    3) I’ve decided to continue down the road. Open eyes and all…

    Me at the Seppelt Mausoleum in the Barossa Valley

    My stomac is full of roast lamb, steaks, huge English breakfasts, beer and other delicacies and I’m sure it’ll be hard for me to leave the happiness and warmth that seems like the most natural thing in and around this family. I’m utterly overwhelmed and until now I didn’t know that revitalization can feel that revitalizing…

    A huge thanks to The Jones’ for everything, and for being who you are.

    I expect to reach Adelaide tomorrow, Tuesday. New adventures in Hi-FI…

    Speak to you later…

    Nicolai

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    Day 596 – Cruising & winetasting in Barossa Valley

    Sunday, November 25th, 2007

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    Aiden with his classy smile...

    Louis - one of the happy dogs at The Happy Jones...

    Ian with his jealous pink galah Molly...

    Chilling out with the kids in Nuriootpa.

    Gnadenfrei Lutheran Church, Marananga. Barossa.

    The flashy Holden Monaro V8 (1974)

    Me at The Seppelts Mausoleum, Barossa Valley.

    Wine tasting at the Seppeltsfield Winery

    Superb driving along the Seppeltsfield Road, Barossa.

    Reflections.

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    Day 595 – Commando & Princess Party in the Barossa

    Saturday, November 24th, 2007

    Kapunda -> Nuriootpa (The Jones Family)
    Distance (km) : 39
    Time on bike : 2h 34m
    Brutto time: 07.45 – 13.00
    Avg : 15.3 km/h
    Max.speed: 42.4
    Total (km) : 24.298

    Me and the Labor Guy. Election Day - The Barossa Valley.

    Vintage in Tanunda.

    Mannequin, Tanunda.

    My cosy Elephant Room at The Jones Family.

    The Sweet Life at The Jones' Family, Nuriootpa, Barossa.

    Commando & Princess Party in the Barossa Valley.

    Commando & Princess Party in the Barossa Valley.

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    Day 594 – A Night in the Park

    Friday, November 23rd, 2007

    Goss Family Camp -> City Park, Kapunda
    Distance (km) : 109
    Time on bike : 7h 04m
    Brutto time: 07.30 – 19.30
    Avg : 15.4 km/h
    Max.speed: 41.6
    Total (km) : 24.259

    Clare Valley

    The Riesling Trail, near Clare.

    Sevenhill Winery, Clare Valley.

    Sevenhill Winery, Clare Valley...

    Sevenhill Winery, Clare Valley...

    Sevenhill Winery, Clare Valley...

    Near Kapunda, sheep in the sunset light.

    My camp in a city park in Kapunda.

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    Day 593 – The lovely Australians…

    Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

    Bush camp -> Back yard camp (Goss Family)
    Distance (km) : 92
    Time on bike : 6h 19m
    Brutto time: 07.45 – 17.45
    Avg : 14.6 km/h
    Max.speed: 28.8
    Total (km) : 24.150

    My lovely wheat field bush camp...

    The first rays of light in my wheat field bush camp...

    The first rays of light in my wheat field bush camp...

    Cute little Georgetown...

    Cute little Georgetown...

    South Australian fields...

    Gladstone...

    My camp at the wonderful Goss Family, north of Clare Valley

    Sunset over the wheat fields near Yanka.

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    Day 592 – Entering the Wild West…

    Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

    Port Augusta -> Wheat field bush camp (10 km S of Melrose)
    Distance (km) : 76
    Time on bike : 5h 27m
    Brutto time: 13.00 – 20.00
    Avg : 13.8 km/h
    Max.speed: 54.1
    Total (km) : 24.057

    Port Augusta

    Martin & Renata (CZ Rep.) and I, south of Pt. Augusta...

    Tiny bitumen road south of Pt. Augusta...The wind was terrible!

    Wild west atmosphere in Wilmington...

    Wild west atmosphere in Wilmington...

    South Australian country side...

    South Australian country side...

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    Day 591 – A flooded apsis in Port Augusta…

    Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

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    Czech OZ cyclists, Renata & Martin...

    My flooded apsis in Port Augusta after a heavy rain storm

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    The log’s updated (Port Augusta)

    Monday, November 19th, 2007

    This little log update includes a record breaking PB….226 km in a very long 10h 22m day the day before yesterday… Just couldn’t stop myself out there…Having crossed another continent feels immensely satisfying. 2650 km since I left the Darwin area a month or so ago, a lot of bush, huh?

    Great to be back in civilization, though :-)

    Log, updated

    Nicolai

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    Day 590 – Resting in Port Augusta…

    Monday, November 19th, 2007

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    Port Augusta from the old Water Tower...

    Nicolai

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    Day 589 – A weary body reaches the Spencer Gulf

    Sunday, November 18th, 2007

    Bush camp -> Port Augusta (4-star caravan park)
    Distance (km) : 61
    Time on bike : 3h 20m
    Brutto time: 08.20 – 12.00
    Avg : 18.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 25.0
    Total (km) : 23.963

    226.3 km from Glendambo south along the Stuart Hwy.

    Rest area camp at the Ranges View...

    Port Augusta has its own version of Ayers Rock...

    Welcome to Pt. Augusta!!! Yeah...

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    Day 588 – Stuart Hwy, my friend…

    Saturday, November 17th, 2007

    Glendambo -> Bush camp (Ranges View Rest Area)
    Distance (km) : 226 (PB! Crazy day altogether!)
    Time on bike : 10h 22m! (looong day out there!)
    Brutto time: 07.15 – 20.30
    Avg : 21.8 km/h
    Max.speed: 57.1
    Total (km) : 23.902

    On a long and lonely road...

    There's nothing much out there, huh?

    Saline lake along the Stuart Hwy.

    Unforgetable cycling betw. Cooper Pedy and Port Augusta...

    The Koga in its right element...

    Magnificent bush sunset, 70 km north of Port Augusta.

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    Day 587 – Now that’s a lot of bush flies…

    Friday, November 16th, 2007

    Bush camp -> Glendambo (camping)
    Distance (km) : 144
    Time on bike : 6h 11m
    Brutto time: 07.15 – 14.45
    Avg : 23.2 km/h
    Max.speed: 41.1
    Total (km) : 23.676

    My morning bush camp south of Cooper Pedy.

    Typical outback colours.

    Glendambo

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    Day 586 – Australian road kills

    Thursday, November 15th, 2007

    Cooper Pedy -> Bush camp (112 km S of CP)
    Distance (km) : 112
    Time on bike : 5h 59m
    Brutto time: 11.15 – 19.15
    Avg : 18.8 km/h
    Max.speed: 30.0
    Total (km) : 23.532

    The flies are a real nuisance in the bush. They freaked me out!

    Another sad road kill...This time - a skinny cow

    Just stick to the line and you'll finally reach the other side of the continent!

    Bleak and barren desert just south of Cooper Pedy.

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    Day 585 – Catching up with the outside world in Cooper Pedy

    Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

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    Cooper Pedy camp site...

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    A little MetroXpress article (DK only)

    Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

    MetroXpress article, 09NOV2007 (In Danish)

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    Day 584 – Chilling in Opal Country

    Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

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    "Arco iris" over Cooper Pedy...

    Morning sky in Cooper Pedy...

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    The log’s updated (Cooper Pedy)

    Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

    Log, updated

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    Day 583 – Cooper Pedy – Opal Territory

    Monday, November 12th, 2007

    Bush Camp -> Cooper Pedy (camping)
    Distance (km) : 77
    Time on bike : 5h 19m
    Brutto time: 06.45 – 15.00
    Avg : 14.4 km/h (terrible headwind all day)
    Max.speed: 23.8 km/h (pretty bad high speed, huh?)Total (km) : 23.419

    Sleeping on a concrete table was not bad at all!

    Mining area near Cooper Pedy...

    Cooper Pedy

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    Day 582 – Bush camping in South Australia

    Sunday, November 11th, 2007

    Cadney Park -> Bush Camp (Pootnoura)
    Distance (km) : 78
    Time on bike : 4h 11m
    Brutto time: 07.55 – 13.00
    Avg : 18.5 km/h
    Max.speed: 30.7 km/h
    Total (km) : 23.342

    Morning rays. Cadney Park.

    It was a very early morning. Cadney Park.

    Road side break with Joseph...

    Me, Joseph (Ireland), Rian & Dirk (Holland) at a fly infested road side rest area...

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    Day 581 – A Magical Day in the Outback

    Saturday, November 10th, 2007

    Marla -> Cadney Park (camping)
    Distance (km) : 82
    Time on bike : 4h 20m
    Brutto time: 08.20 – 15.00
    Avg : 17.6 km/h
    Max.speed: 25.0 km/h
    Total (km) : 23.265

    The Roo Sign...

    Great bush colours, near Marla, S.A.

    Yihaaaa!!!!

    Joseph in the sky with diamonds...

    The Australian Outback. November 2007.

    The Australian Outback. November 2007.

    Cadney Park Roadhouse...

    Sunset over Cadney Park...

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    Day 580 – Restday in Marla…

    Friday, November 9th, 2007

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    Enjoying a quiet, relaxing morning in Marla.

    Pigeon at Marla camp site...

    Pigeon at Marla camp site...

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    Day 579 – The Fly Factor

    Thursday, November 8th, 2007

    Bush Camp -> Marla (camping)
    Distance (km) : 72
    Time on bike : 3h 55m
    Brutto time: 07.47 (like the Boeing) – 12.30
    Avg : 18.3 km/h
    Max.speed: 26.5 km/h
    Total (km) : 23.183

    Cloudy morning at the WT Bushcamp...

    Joseph relaxing in Marla...

    Tea time in Marla - November 2007.

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    Day 578 – Crossing Borders

    Wednesday, November 7th, 2007

    Kulgera -> Bush Camp, 110 km S of Kulgera
    Distance (km) : 110
    Time on bike : 5h 40m
    Brutto time: 08.30 – 17.30
    Avg : 19.4 km/h
    Max.speed: 32.3 km/h
    Total (km) : 23.111

    The border crossing betw. Northern Territory and South Australia...

    Have a break, have a smoke...

    The headwind was terrible today!

    Wonderful evening bush camp...

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    Day 577 – My Irish Travel Mate…

    Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

    Erldunda -> Kulgera (camping)
    Distance (km) : 76
    Time on bike : 4h 15m
    Brutto time: 09.05 – 14.30
    Avg : 17.8 km/h
    Max.speed: 27.2 km/h
    Total (km) : 23.001

    Dewy morning, Erldunda.

    The asphalt connects impossible and distant horizons...

    Irish/Aussie fellow cyclist Joseph...

    Road train in Kulgera.

    Kulgera Camp site...

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    Day 576 – The Camping Cat

    Monday, November 5th, 2007

    Stuart’s Well -> Erldunda (free camping)
    Distance (km) : 110
    Time on bike : 6h 25m
    Brutto time: 08.30 – 16.30
    Avg : 17.1 km/h
    Max.speed: 36.9 km/h
    Total (km) : 22.925

    Outback colours, south of Stuart's Well.

    The Duo

    Outback creek.

    How can you not love cycling here?

    Erldunda sunset sky...

    The camping cat at Erldunda Roadhouse...

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    Day 575 – On the bike again!

    Sunday, November 4th, 2007

    Alice Springs -> Stuart’s Well (camping)
    Distance (km) : 95
    Time on bike : 5h 18m
    Brutto time: 09.45 – 16.45
    Avg : 18.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 33.5 km/h
    Total (km) : 22.815

    Me and Lena in Alice Springs

    Ready for take-off! Alice Springs.

    The beginning of a new, long ride down The Track...

    Road trains - 53.5 m long...You'd better watch your back then, Nicolai!

    Outback sky, south of Alice Springs. November 2007.

    Tame kangaroo at Stuart's Well...

    Angry looking emu at Stuart's Well Camp site...

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    Day 574 – The Abo Kids

    Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

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    Aboriginal kids playing around, showing off...Alice Springs, 2007.

    Aboriginal kids playing around, showing off...Alice Springs, 2007.

    Aboriginal kids playing around, showing off...Alice Springs, 2007.

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    New photos from Australia!

    Friday, November 2nd, 2007

    Have a look at the first photo set from my Australian adventures.

    Australian Photo Set #1

    They do say that pictures can say more than a 1000 words, right… :-)

    Nicolai

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    Day 573 – Rainy Alice Springs

    Friday, November 2nd, 2007

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    ANZAC Hill, Alice Springs.

    ANZAC Hill, Alice Springs.

    Wintersun Caravan Park, Alice Springs.

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    …and a little sunset from the bush

    Thursday, November 1st, 2007

    Internet is insanely expensive here in Australia, compared to Southeast Asia’s 0.50 USD/hour. That’s part of the reason why silence prevails here from Camp WT but I can assure you that all is very, very fine. Really. Am loving it here in the wilderness. Hard to find time (and bucks) to keep up with the site though. I know you all understand. Love ya’ nonetheless :-)

    Unforgetable sunset in the Australian bush...

    Nicolai

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    Where’ve you been, whiteboy?

    Thursday, November 1st, 2007

    For the few of us who might find it slightly interesting (I certainly do) to follow the whereabouts of the WT progress across the vast and isolated Australian continent, here is what I’ve been doing lately. There’s been a lot of km for the last two weeks, incl. 2 super long days around the 200 km mark. Proud, that I am…

    Updated Australia Log

    Cheers from The Red Centre

    Nicolai

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    Day 572 – Alice Springs

    Thursday, November 1st, 2007

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    Parrot at the Wintersun Caravan Park, Alice Springs.

    The Abos are never far away from the bottle shops around here...

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