Sleeping like a Rock

It is breakfast time in the camp. All but 1 tent are already stored back into the duffle bags and riders enjoying a hot coffee and a delicious breakfast, ready to go back on the road. But who is the rider, enjoying an extended night of sleep in the cool Riverton camp?

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Still busy with the final cleanup in the background, the guy (let’s name him Eric) is almost ready to join the breakfast party.

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Note:
There is still more drill needed to get Bucket-of-waterEric ready for his Cairo to Cape Town tour next January. Otherwise we might find him still sleeping in his tent in the Nubian Desert in Sudan, when the tour is already on its last leg to Cape Town.
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Progress

In 25 cycling days we covered the distance of 3169 kilometers to travers the Australian continent from north to South.
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But it is not over yet. Twenty more challenging and exciting days wait for us  to ride along the south and east coast of this vast ‘island’ to finally get us to Sydney.

73 cycling days since starting in Medan on Aug. 18th, with 8714km on the odometers for the full tour riders.

Dead Man’s Pass

What kind of test was this? We all survived the Outback, the warm coke and beer, the dangerous bugs and critters, the road trains, the brutal heat and gusty head winds, hangouts in roadhouses, cold and hot pools, … Why are we being sent over this pass, instead of riding the much shorter and flat road into town? Are we cycling zombies or still considered to be alive?

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If the Indonesian road builders had been trained by Australians, the whole country would be plastered with these ‘walk your bike’ signs.1-DSC_0627

No way I push my bike, unless it is to cross a river or alike.