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    Dag 570 – Ankomst Alice Springs!

    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

    Jeg gik i braedderne allerede kl. 20.30 i aftes og har en helt vidunderlig nat. Det er vaesentligt koeligere i nat end det plejer at vaere, baade fordi jeg er kommet op i ca. 600 hoejdemeter, fordi jeg bevaeger mig ind mod fastlandet, og fordi himlen var klar og stjernefyldt. Det er kun 18 C, da jeg vaagner ved 6-tiden. Ahh, hvor har jeg savnet disse koeligere morgener! Der er ingen vind, myg eller andre vanlige gener, og vandet i min flaske, som jeg har ladet ligge udenfor teltet, er “koldt”, saa jeg faar for foerste gang kold maelk (pulverversionen) til min musli. Naar man befinder sig i den australske oedemark i slutningen af mede oktober maaned og cykler i 38-40 C dagen lang, er alt under 20 C at betragte som koldt.

    Jeg holder naesten ingen pauser i dag. Flowet i Kogaen er afsindigt. Ved middagstid naar jeg Aileron Roadhouse, 60 km fra Ti-Tree. Her er alting dyre som de altid er i disse roadhouses, der ofte rummer en benzinstand, en pub, et toilet, et motel og gerne et stykke graes i baghaven til campisterne. En overmoden banan koster 10 “danske bananer”, saa det er ikke et sted jeg bryder mig om.

    Det begynder at vippe lidt i praesidenten ved tanken om at naa Alice Springs i dag. Men jeg har endnu mere end 130 km igen, saa det er en hybristanke, jeg slaar hen. Medvinden hjaelper mig dog fint.

    Syd for Connor Well rammer jeg en snorlige straekning paa 36 km! Det ville nok kunne knaekke moralen hos de fleste og der er ingen afveksling i landskabet, der er toert, fladt og sparsomt bevokset – og her er knoklevarmt. Jeg kloer paa hele dagen og de sidste 60-70 km til Alice Springs er jeg helt flyvende, oppe paa den store klinge, af og til staaende for at holde momentet. Euforien pipler i mig og landskaberne flyver forbi.

    Naer Alice Springs dukker nogle smukke wild west-landskaber op i solnedgangslyset. Er lykkelig og umaade stolt over dagens bedrift, da jeg ruller ind i det nordlige Alice Springs (27.000 indb.) og finder Wintersun Caravan Park (camping, 11.50 AUD=55 DKK), hvor jeg ogsaa boede i 1996 under mit foerste OZ-besoeg. Kilometertaelleren staar paa rekordhoeje 200.6 km!

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

    What a ride!

    On this day..

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    6 Responses to “Dag 570 – Ankomst Alice Springs!”

    1. Vaughan Dunn Says:

      Great going Nicolai….following your progress when it’s quiet around work.

      I’m heading off on Sunday 4/11 for a “dry run” with trike + trailer: approx 500km circuit around Sydney – should take about 1 week.

      Enjoy your hot rest days….

    2. Harydial Says:

      Hey Nicolai….cool as…man your trip….Its been my dream as well to do ride a bike around our amazing planet earth….your site and photos keep me dreaming and i really do believe it will come to past in a few years time…

      Sorry for being random but I really hope you can give me a very rough idea how much would it cost if I plan to live on a bike for 3.5 to 4 years riding around the world….live fairly cheap n camp!

      BTW I am in Brisbane. If u do plan to head up here let me know…will be really cool to meet you.
      Cheers buddy….you are living life to the fullest and on the edge!

    3. Fjumse Says:

      Hary, basically all I’ll say is: Just go for it. Don’t hesitate or think you’ll need trillions of $ to live your dream. Very roughly, I’d say that 500-800 AUD/month will suffice, camping, drinking the tap water whenever you can, not drinking too many beers and not spending too many boogie nights in expensive backpacker hangouts.

      If you’re disciplined, you can survive (and enjoy) on as little as 10 AUD a day pretty much everywhere.

      Happy planning!

      Nicolai (Cooper Pedy, S.A)

    4. Fjumse Says:

      I hope you had a blast, Vaughan!

    5. Harydial Says:

      Hey Nicolai…thanks for giving insight into the budget section. Truly appreciate it. Yes I will go for it…..and there is only one life to live anyway…lets live it to the fullest!

      Journey mercies and take care….
      Cheers,
      Harydial

    6. Fjumse Says:

      Thanks, Harydial…

      Godspeed!

      N

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