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    Archive for February, 2008

    Day 692 – The Mexican Dinner

    Friday, February 29th, 2008

    (UK Only)

    My room in Seven Hills, Sydney Suburbia.

    Brett’s dad, Dan asked me this morning if I wanted to come with him help him pick up his daughter Karli’s Daihatsu 4×4 near Gosford, 1.5 hrs drive north of Sydney. It smelled like a different kind of sightseeing to me, and thus interesting. Sure, mate!

    Helping the Tyler's with the car in Gosford, north of Sydney.

    Sydney tunnel

    At night Brett and I have a great dinner + heaps of jugs of sangria at a Mexican restaurant in the Crows Nest neighborhood with some of his friends. Arribaaaa!

    Then don't...

    A Night at the Mexican Restaurant, Crows Nest, Sydney

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    Sydney calling (UK only)…

    Thursday, February 28th, 2008

    So I made it all the way to Sydney!

    I arrived last Sunday, 24th of February 2008, after 27.545 km and 686 days on the road.

    Needless to say, it feels really, really good being here. Not only because Sydney is one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world – rivalled only by Rio de Janeiro some people claim – but also because Sydney marks the end of my 6.700 km bicycle journey in and across Australia. Spotting the globally known city icons, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House last Sunday afternoon was a special moment for me.

    It was a special moment for me arriving in Sydney, seeing the Opera House...

    It truly has been some fantastic 5+ months. Australia is just full of some of the most lovely and hospitable people I’ve ever come across. I feel fortunate having met so many great spirits out there. None of the good deeds and kindness that you’ve bestowed upon me will ever be forgotten.

    Also a huge thank you to Jens, my Danish friend /anthropologist / film maker who’s been cycling with me from Melbourne for the last nearly 4 weeks. We’ve had a fantastic time together. He left Sydney yesterday. I still don’t like goodbyes.

    Nicolai and Jens in a Indian take-away, Kings Cross - Sydney.

    I’m now staying + relaxing with a good friend of mine, Brett, in Seven Hills, west of the city centre. I met Brett on the Great Ocean Road in December and we cycled together for a few days. It feels so good being here, not moving for a while.

    Fantastic dinner prepared by Brett (second from right). Seven Hills, Sydney.

    Out there in the not-so-distant future New Zealand is waiting. BTW, should anyone know of anyone going to New Zealand some time next month (sailing boat, yacht, raft, or whatever floating), do let me know. OK?

    But for now, it’s time to kick back for a little while. I kind of deserve it…

    Thanks for the encouragement and support to everyone! Without it I guess I wouldn’t be sitting here now… ;-)

    Relaxing in civilized surroundings...Ahhhh!

    Nicolai

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    New photos in the diary (2)

    Thursday, February 28th, 2008

    It’s a busy day for me here at the WT HQ, Seven Hills – Sydney…

    For your convenience…Here goes:

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    Nicolai aka The Navajo Chief

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    New photos in the diary (1)

    Thursday, February 28th, 2008

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    Day 691 – An Ordinary Day

    Thursday, February 28th, 2008

    (UK Only)

    The rain pours down all day. It’s been the rainiest summer in about 20 years here in Sydney. Them Sydneysiders don’t like. I don’t normally like either.

    So I spend all day indoor, doing my rather smelly laundry + sleeping bag, updating the website, looking out the window. An ordinary day, I guess. Nothing overly exciting but it feels good to have a full-on working day on my laptop. Rain often makes me relax, makes me slow down. The sun always makes me kind of hyper, kicking.

    Other people do exciting stuff. A good friend of mine, Carolyne, with whom I stayed for nigh on 2 weeks in Adelaide is having a hair cut. Not a conventional female hair cut though…Check out her blog (the hair thing is posted on the 12th of FEB and further down her blog, on the 9th of DEC, is a few photos etc. from our great time in Adelaide).

    At the other end of the adventurous spectrum, Rob Thomson, a New Zealander that I met briefly on the streets of Osh in Kyrgyzstan 1.5 years ago, is continuing his amazing journey. He just decided that he’ll cross China on his way back to NZ, on his skateboard. He’s currently crossing the US on the skateboard, a feat that’ll supposedly earn him a note in the Guiness Book of Records in the near future. It’s a truly inspirational odyssey, Rob!

    Useless Stats of the Day:

    Distance without a flat tyre: 5.000 km (south of Alice Springs)
    Months since my last soccer match on TV: 21 (World Cup Final 2006, Turkey)
    Number of foot wear (on bike):2 (thongs + bike shoes)
    Dress code in Sydney bars and pubs: Yes! (meaning no thongs, no bike shoes allowed)

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    Day 690 – Seven Hills

    Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

    I spend most of the day inside my friend and host, Brett’s house. Uploading photos, updating the website, trying to find out what’s happened out there in the world since I left lovely Rhod and Iva in Melbourne some 4 weeks ago. Nothing too shocking.

    Jens went back to Denmark today. It’s been a fantastic, turbo month on the roads with him. Still don’t like goodbyes…

    Sound of the Day: “What’s important in life is not how many breaths we get to take, but those moments that take our breath away.” Jacques Cousteau

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    Day 689 – Bondi Beach & Seven Hills

    Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

    Daytrip: 20 km.

    Residential neighbourhood in Sydney...

    The world famous Bondi Beach, Sydney's Eastern suburb.

    The world famous Bondi Beach, Sydney's Eastern suburb.

    The Rats with their new wardrobe, Seven Hills, Sydney suburbia.

    Fantastic dinner prepared by Brett (second from right). Seven Hills, Sydney.

    Sydney Opera House napkin. Classy!

    Relaxing in civilized surroundings...Ahhhh!

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    Day 688 – Sydney sightseeing

    Monday, February 25th, 2008

    Fountain in Hyde Park, Sydney CBD.

    Street performers in Sydney's Circular Quay...

    Me capturing the Sydney Opera House...

    Tiles on the Sydney Opera House.

    Tiles on the Sydney Opera House.

    Stairs at the Sydney Opera House...

    Tiles at the Sydney Opera House (photo by Jens Jensen)

    The Majestic Sydney Opera House...

    Street performer in Sydney.

    Street performer in Sydney (photo by Jens Jensen).

    Sydney city life detail...

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    Attenzione!!!

    Monday, February 25th, 2008

    When I left Copenhagen 677 days ago I had a rough idea that a time frame of about 2 years for cycling around the world would be appropriate. It turned out not to be so. The world is a beautiful place and the bicycle has turned out to be a fantastic way of experiencing the world.

    Almost 2 years of the WT-expedition has gone, 27.000 km through 21 countries, and here I am, in Eastern Australia on the other side of the Globe, about half way through the journey. Ahead of me is New Zealand, South America, Central America, and North America and then back to Europe by sea. Realistically, I reckon it’ll be another 2 years until I reach Danish turf again. Hence these words.

    Thanks to the financial support that I’ve received from my sponsors until now the adventure has come this far. Getting this support has meant everything to me, and I’m extremely grateful and happy that other than myself believed in the journey right from the start.

    The time frame of 2 years – that the original sponsorships were meant for – has gone, and despite my constant economical cautiousness and strictly disciplined low-budget way of living, I’ve realized that I need financial help for the next and last Stage 2 of the WT-journey, that will hopefully bring me back to Denmark in 2010.

    In other words, I’m now looking for new sponsorships that will help bringing the journey to an end, back to Copenhagen, and before I start making the sponsorship applications I’m very interested in getting in touch with companies, clubs, individuals or otherwise that might be able to help me.

    Don’t be shy. Any ideas or contacts are highly appreciated…

    TIA,

    Nicolai (with a broken rim in Eden, NSW, Australia)

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    Day 687 – Arrival Sydney!

    Sunday, February 24th, 2008

    Garie Beach -> Sydney (hostel)
    Distance (km) : 58
    Time on bike : 4h 34m
    Brutto time: 08.45 – 15.00
    Avg : 12.8 km/h
    Max.speed: 73.6 (!)
    Total (km) : 27.550

    Lovely, cool morning at Garie Beach, Royal NP.

    Lovely, cool morning at Garie Beach, Royal NP.

    It was a special moment for me arriving in Sydney, seeing the Opera House...

    The monster cruise liner Queen Victoria and the Sydney Opera House...

    Flying Fox in Sydney's Botanical Gardens...

    Nicolai and Jens in a Indian take-away, Kings Cross - Sydney.

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    Day 686 – Wollongong -> Garie Beach (W.C., Royal N.P.)

    Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

    Wollongong -> Garie Beach (Royal N.P, wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 52
    Time on bike : 3h 29m
    Brutto time: 14.00 – 18.00
    Avg : 14.9 km/h
    Max.speed: 58.7
    Total (km) : 27.492

    Tune of the Day: Wicked Gil – Band of Horses

    Pacific Ocean beach north of Wollongong, NSW.

    Great coastal cycling south of Wollongong, NSW.

    The amazing Sea Cliff Bridge, NSW.

    Wild fishing!

    Pacific Ocean beach north of Wollongong, NSW.

    Royal Nat. Park...

    Lookout at the southern end of the Royal National Park, NSW.

    Shadows in Royal N.P.

    Fumil taking a shower at Garie Beach, Royal Nat. Park.

    Fumil taking a shower at Garie Beach, Royal Nat. Park.

    Paradise found! Garie Beach, Royal N.P., NSW.

    Garie Beach, Royal N.P., NSW.

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    A Hymn

    Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

    My last article for the Danish paper MetroXpress was exclusively about the wave of Australian hospitality that just keeps rolling here. I don’t really get it, but it feels great.

    MetroXpress-article 15FEB2008 (Danish only)

    All good, from Woolongong. Am getting ready for Sydney!!!

    Nicolai

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    Day 685 – Kiama -> Wollongong (wild camp)

    Friday, February 22nd, 2008

    Kiama -> Wollongong (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 43
    Time on bike : 3h 20m
    Brutto time: 14.00 – 18.00
    Avg : 12.7 km/h
    Max.speed: 48.0
    Total (km) : 27.435

    Kiama Blowhole...

    Jens and I in Kiama, NSW.

    Jens and the Big Brekkie. Kiama, NSW.

    Boats near Kiama.

    Garden camp at the Wilson's near Kiama.

    NSW Hwy.

    Nicolai at the Wollongong City Beach.

    Wollongong surfers...

    Wollongong sunset.

    Wollongong sunset.

    Wollongong Lighthouse. NSW, February 2008.

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    Day 684 – Nowra -> Kiama (private acc.)

    Thursday, February 21st, 2008

    Nowra -> Kiama (private acc.)
    Distance (km) : Ca. 40 (battery in bike computer dead)
    Time on bike : 3h 00m
    Brutto time: 12.00 – 19.00
    Avg : 17.5 km/h
    Max.speed: 45.3
    Total (km) : 27.392

    Jesus saves! Elderly in Nowra, NSW.

    Uphill in Gerroa, NSW.

    Danish traditional hering lunch at MacDonald in Gerringong, NSW.

    Danish traditional hering lunch at MacDonald in Gerringong, NSW.

    Wonderful MicMac in Gerringong...

    MicMac (76) - eternal youth...

    MicMac in Gerringong, NSW.

    MicMac and I having yet another (strong) one...

    Saying goodbye to good old MicMac...

    Patricia Wilson and Jens. Near Kiama, NSW.

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    Day 683 – Batemans Bay -> Nowra (wild camp)

    Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

    Batemans Bay -> Nowra (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 121
    Time on bike : 7h 17m
    Brutto time: 09.30 – 20.00
    Avg : 16.6 km/h
    Max.speed: 60.3
    Total (km) : 27.352

    Tune of the Day: Come Inside – The Chemical Brothers

    Recharging the laptop in a Batemans Bay Caravan Park, NSW.

    On the road

    Biker Jens

    On the road

    Ulladulla - what a stupic slash cute name for a town...NSW.

    NSW country side...Near Ulladulla.

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    Day 682 – Bodalla -> Batemans Bay (caravan park)

    Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

    Bodalla -> Batemans Bay (caravan park)
    Distance (km) : 71
    Time on bike : 4h 35m
    Brutto time: 09.30 – 17.30
    Avg : 15.4 km/h
    Max.speed: 56.3
    Total (km) : 27.231

    Tune of the Day: Björk & Thom Yorke – I’ve Seen It All

    Early morning ligth in Bodalla, NSW.

    Early morning ligth in Bodalla, NSW.

    Shopping frenzy in Moruya!

    Yum! Lunch time in Moruya, NSW.

    Bridge north of Bodalla, NSW.

    Guerilla Bay detour, near Rosedale, NSW.

    Near Guerilla Bay detour, near Rosedale, NSW.

    Batemans Bay, NSW.

    Mackenzie Beach, Malua Bay, NSW.

    Sunset, Batemans Bay, NSW.

    Batemans Bay sunset. February 2008.

    Thinking

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    Day 681 – Bermagui -> Bodalla (wild camp)

    Monday, February 18th, 2008

    Bermagui -> Bodalla (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 59
    Time on bike : 3h 49
    Brutto time: 10.30 – 18.45
    Avg : 15.3 km/h
    Max.speed: 54.8
    Total (km) : 27.160

    Bermagui wild camp...

    The colours of Nature...

    Mt. Dromedary, NSW.

    Pacific Ocean Beach, north of Bermagui.

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    Day 680 – Merimbula -> Bermagui (wild camp)

    Sunday, February 17th, 2008

    Merimbula -> Bermagui (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 78
    Time on bike : 5h 36m
    Brutto time: 09.00 – 19.00
    Avg : 14.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 66.5!
    Total (km) : 27.101

    It was a good night's sleep on that Merimbula bench...

    Morning coffee served in style! Merimbula, NSW.

    Hilly cycling north of Merimbula, NSW.

    Tathra coast line. New South Wales' Far South Coast.

    Madness uphill, betw. Merimbula and Bermagui, NSW.

    The Snake. Near Bermagui. NSW.

    The Asphalt Snake.

    Healthy colours. South of Bermagui, NSW.

    Where the river meets the sea.

    Happy arvo cycling in Bermagui, NSW.

    Me in Bermagui. February 2008.

    Jens in Bermagui, NSW.

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    Day 679 – Eden -> Merimbula (wild camp)

    Saturday, February 16th, 2008

    Eden -> Merimbula (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 36
    Time on bike : 2h 27m
    Brutto time: 09.30 – 12.00
    Avg : 14.7 km/h
    Max.speed: 60.6 (w/ broken rim)
    Total (km) : 27.023

    Merimbula River and town. NSW.

    Merimbula Main Beach, NSW.

    Bar Beach, Merimbula, NSW.

    Nicolai, the bull calf...Leongatha, VIC. Thanks to Liersten!!!

    Jens in Merimbula.

    Tune of the Day: Chans – Kent

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    Day 678 – Restday in Eden…

    Friday, February 15th, 2008

    Eden (rest day, wild camp)
    10 km. town strolling

    The Memorial Wall in Eden...

    Eden Rock Pools.

    The puppy and I at the Aslings Beach in Eden, NSW.

    The ex-Croatian handiman in Eden...

    Chilling out with Jens and Ben in Eden, NSW.

    Lampshade. Eden, New South Wales.

    Ben, the Abelone Diver. Eden, NSW.

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    Day 677 – Cann River -> Eden (wild camp)

    Thursday, February 14th, 2008

    Cann River -> Eden (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 112
    Time on bike : 5h 35m
    Brutto time: 08.45 – 16.15
    Avg : 20.1 km/h
    Max.speed: 67.3!
    Total (km) : 26.977

    Bridge in Genoa, the last town in Victoria along the Hwy 1...

    My mobile office, here in Cann River, VIC.

    Me from a lookout in Eden, NSW.

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    A Little Note

    Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

    Everything is all good here in Victoria! I’m now in the small village Cann River, approx. 600 km south east of Melbourne with another 600 km to Sydney.

    Jens, a Danish ethnographer is cycling with me for a month, from Melbourne to Sydney, making a documentary about the WT expedition that we’ll hopefully be able to broadcast nationally later on. We have a lot of fun on the roads. It’s really great to have Danish company, to dust off that Danish tongue of mine.

    Nicolai, my wonderful host Ron and Jens the Filmmaker in the background. Leongatha, Victoria - OZ.

    The photo was taken in Leongatha last week where Jens and I where invited to stay with Ron (74) and his wife Helen and her daughter Kiersten. We had the most fantastic 2 days with them and, again, I felt totally overwhelmed by the wave of great, unbelievable Aussie hospitality that just keeps rolling in…It’s hard to describe exactly how I feel about it all, being part of the Aussie kindness…
    Amazed, happy might come close but still doesn’t catch that little magical touch. I’m rambling.

    Cheers for now.

    Nicolai

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    Day 676 – Restday in Cann River

    Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

    0 km etc.

    AD hoc clothes line in Cann River, VIC.

    The WT Camp in Cann River, VIC.

    Cann River cooking...

    Me and Jens in Cann River. Sausages, pasta, and a red

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    Day 675 – True Love Waits

    Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

    Marlo -> Cann River (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 85
    Time on bike : 5h 02m
    Brutto time: 11.30 – 19.30
    Avg : 16.9 km/h
    Max.speed: 61.5
    Total (km) : 26.865

    A soft night on the couch in Marlo...

    Tune of the Day: True Love Waits – Radiohead (and isn’t it ironic…)

    Getting ready to leave. Marlo, VIC.

    WARNING: You probably shouldn’t be looking at the next photo…

    The dead wombat...Near Cape Conran, VIC.

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    Day 674 – Lakes Entrance -> Marlo (private acc.)

    Monday, February 11th, 2008

    Lakes Entrance -> Marlo (private acc.)
    Distance (km) : 79
    Time on bike : 4h 44m
    Brutto time: 10.00 – 17.30
    Avg : 16.7 km/h
    Max.speed: 55.9
    Total (km) : 26.780

    Black swan in Lakes Entrance, Victoria.

    Black swan in Lakes Entrance, Victoria.

    Nicolai in action in Lakes Entrance.

    Rural scenery near Marlo, VIC.

    Tune of the Day: Wicked Gil – Band of Horses

    Rural scenery near Marlo, VIC.

    An exhausted Jens in Marlo...

    Chilling with Becks, Emma, and Jens in Marlo...

    Nasty bugger in Marlo, VIC.

    Wonderful sunset in Marlo, VIC.

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    Day 673 – Bairnsdale -> Lakes Entrance (wild camp)

    Sunday, February 10th, 2008

    Bairnsdale -> Lakes Entrance (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 70
    Time on bike : 3h 40m
    Brutto time: 10.00 – 17.00
    Avg : 18.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 42.1
    Total (km) : 26.701

    Bairnsdale morning.

    Great colours in Bairnsdale, Victoria.

    Photographing fruit bats in Bairnsdale, Vic.

    Ace Ventura in action!

    Ace Ventura in action!

    Catch of the day!

    Beautiful Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia.

    Pelican at Lakes Entrance, VIC.

    Jens and Nicolai...and a lot of sea gulls. Lakes Entrance.

    Pelican Madness at Lakes Entrance, VIC.

    At the beach in Lakes Entrance, VIC.

    At the beach in Lakes Entrance, VIC.

    Jens the Camera man...Lakes Entrance, VIC.

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    Day 672 – Sale -> Bairnsdale (wild camp)

    Saturday, February 9th, 2008

    Sale -> Bairnsdale (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 70
    Time on bike : 3h 40m
    Brutto time: 13.30 – 18.30
    Avg : 19.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 31.1
    Total (km) : 26.631

    Leaving Sale after a great stay and super brekkie with Amie...

    Cycling near Sale, Victoria.

    Rural Australia. Victoria.

    Break time. Enjoying the nectarine, Jens?

    White cockatoos, near Sale, VIC.

    White cockatoos, near Sale, VIC.

    Jens pushing the pedals...

    Break time near Foster, VIC.

    Tune of the Day: Cigarettes Will Kill You – Ben Lee

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    Day 671 – Yarram -> Sale (wild camp)

    Friday, February 8th, 2008

    Yarram -> Sale (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 80
    Time on bike : 4h 13m
    Brutto time: 10.00 – 16.00
    Avg : 18.9 km/h
    Max.speed: 46.0
    Total (km) : 26.561

    Victorian waterways...Near Yarram.

    Aussie forest near Sale, VIC.

    Echidna near Yarram.

    Tune of the Day: The Great Salt Lake – Band of Horses

    Jens relaxing in Sale at Amie and Martin...

    Free champagne and delicatessen in Sale!

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    Day 670 – Byebye for now…

    Thursday, February 7th, 2008

    Leongatha -> Yarram (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 80
    Time on bike : 4h 13m
    Brutto time: 10.00 – 16.00
    Avg : 18.9 km/h
    Max.speed: 46.0
    Total (km) : 26.561

    Jens, me, Ron, and Helen in Leongatha, VIC.

    Fields near Leongatha, VIC.

    Didn't see no koala that day!

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    Day 669 – World Class Australian Hospitality

    Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

    Leongatha -> Yarram (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 91
    Time on bike : 4h 48m
    Brutto time: 11.15 – 20.00
    Avg : 19.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 65.0!
    Total (km) : 26.481

    Looking for kangaroos in Leongatha

    Lamas in...Peru? No, Australia!

    Kiersten, our lovely host, showed us a farm in Leongatha

    Horseback riding in Leongatha...

    A different bike experience. Leongatha, VIC.

    Chanel, the adorable cat in Leongatha.

    Dinner at Kiersten's in Leongatha. Wonderful hospitality!

    The Mohawk and the Pimp...

    Jens the Punk and Helen in Leongatha, VIC.

    Good times in Leongatha!

    Chanel, my Leongatha fling...

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    New diary entries…

    Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

    UK Only.

    New text bits in the diary.

    A huge thanks to Anne S. Jensen for the translations.

    Day 633, Day 635, Day 637.

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    Day 668 – Turbo in Camp WT

    Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

    Photos etc to come…

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    Day 667 – Koo-Wee-Rup

    Monday, February 4th, 2008

    Koo-Wee-Rup -> Leongatha (private)
    Distance (km) : 63
    Time on bike : 3h 53m
    Brutto time: 10.00 – 16.00
    Avg : 16.3 km/h
    Max.speed: 51.3
    Total (km) : 26.390

    Photos etc. to come…

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    Day 666 – The Day of the Devil…

    Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

    Sandringham Beach -> Koo-Wee-Rup (wild camp)
    Distance (km) : 72
    Time on bike : 4h 15m
    Brutto time: 09.30 – 17.30
    Avg : 17.0 km/h
    Max.speed: 64.8
    Total (km) : 26.326

    Photos to come…

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