Posted on: 13th Aug 2013 11:34 PM
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"Formerly posted by edng: thanks bro' i have lots more questions ha ha !
- how is your routine daily ?
- any special diet to aid recovery ?
- was it safe riding on the road? how did traffic treat you ?
- were there other cyclo tourists along the way whom you ran into?
- how did you ship your bike over ? was excess luggage a problem ?
- when and where is your next trip ?
- i noticed you have a gps unit on your bike. which model was it and was it useful ?
- were you able to bring your bike into your room?
- did you cook much ? or was it eating at cafes and DIY sandwiches ?
I'm doing a tour soon but around 500+km only in Taiwan your thread really stoked me up !!
take your time and would love long replies to above :)"
Thank for taking the time to ask these questions!
So here it goes!!
how is your routine daily ?
Well I want to max my day time as it is short in the winter so normally i wake up at 6.00am to cook my breakfast and eat keep my stuff get ready to cycle. normally i start at about 7.00am to 7.30am depend how lazy I am hahaha. Then will have my 1st break at about 10.30am normally by the road side on my bike to eat some dry fruits and nuts or chocolate bar, on lucky or happy day i'll visit a pub for a hot chocolate or stuff like that. Lunch is alway on the go with the same food as the morning break only no pub. then another break at 3pm and findlly start looking for place over the night at 4.30pm to aviod cycling at night. Setup start at 5.30pm then cook dinner, write journal, wash up if there is water, looking at the stars and turn in by 9pm.
any special diet to aid recovery ?
Nope, but I eat lot of unprocess food, I bought a kg of rice and a kg of pasta and lot of sausage and meat. as it winter so storage is not too much of a worry for raw. I bought fruits instead of veg to keep up with the vitamin and minerals i need (Or at least think i need) A long the way a cyclist taught me a can of soft drink at the end of the day will help with the recovery which i say is quite true.
was it safe riding on the road? how did traffic treat you ?
Well other than the racist problem which i got a beer bottle throw at, the road user usually treat the cyclist with lot of respect. But do take note of road train do keep a look out for them as they are LONG and FAST
were there other cyclo tourists along the way whom you ran into?
Along the way I meet a total of 4 cyclists, a gentlemen at the age of 63 was cycling around australia and it is his 3th month on the road supported by his wife cycling about 180km a day. 2 ladies in their 20+ same cycling around australia 6th month in their jounery and a guy at about 20+ setting off 1 day later than me. Oh before i forgot I met Shane crawford an australia ex footy player who is cycling to perth from melbourne for breast cancer awareness.
how did you ship your bike over ? was excess luggage a problem ?
I was on Qantas so my check in is 30kg. I just check in my bike as normal check in and another 12kg of equipment. I had to handcarry about 10kg of clothes and other stuff and that about all my luggage total i think it about 40++kg
when and where is your next trip ?
Next long touring trip will have to wait for next year june, may be looking at continue in Aust or Europe not really sure yet. Short trip will be Dec but it will be hiking in Taiwan looking at a week or 2 on the mountain^^
i noticed you have a gps unit on your bike. which model was it and was it useful ?
Nope I don't have one. it just a simple speedometer
were you able to bring your bike into your room?
In those night I go for a room yes, most of the time they are in the room and yes they will allow you to push it in unless it too small to do so.
did you cook much ?
Yes I cook alot! most of the night in fact 80% so it cooking rice or pasta but same old boring soup as little water wastage and good in cold night . Noted that as more than half of my jounery is in nullabor treated water are costly and it not alway available so saving water is important. Good way to safe both water and money be adventurous to ask from the local or the caravan. They will normally give when they have spare which they normally will.
Hope this answer to your questions!