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Topic: Solo Touring in Western Australia Perth and maybe more........

Posted on: 12th Aug 2013 10:02 PM    Quote and Reply


Well good thing for Winter is what ever should be asleep is well asleep for my whole trip I did not see a snake, spider yes  under pinic table but nothing much so yes it reasonably safe to do wild camp.

I had my fair share too^^  


By the way I try to tent as much as possible sometime at caravan park others in the wild so yup it fun with very beautiful starry star night!  


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Posted on: 12th Aug 2013 10:16 PM    Quote and Reply


great field report !!!

keep going !!

was everyday 90+ km ?  or were some days longer in the saddle vs other days?

any difficult or low points during your trip ?

I am so envious of you

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Posted on: 12th Aug 2013 10:26 PM    Quote and Reply


Quote:
"Formerly posted by edng: great field report !!!

keep going !!

was everyday 90+ km ?  or were some days longer in the saddle vs other days?

any difficult or low points during your trip ?

I am so envious of you"



Thank you so much to answer your questions:


It an average about 100 to 130km a day as i had a few rest day in between. ( Itook the advice from a bro it not all about rushing through in about enjoying the process)


There a day I hit my highest record of 196km in a day cycle which I'm quite proud of haha. HAd to say cycling with a 50+ 60kg bicycle for that kind of distance is really not something you wanna do everyday.


High point would be the Great Australia Blight which i passby along the way the view was speechless and as it calving season I get to seen about 40 ++ whales at the same time some with their baby while the other are dating.


Low point would be the 1st week went I'm out of Perth and met with endless up down hill for at least 6 to 8 hr a day. And see Head wing included at time that can make my speed go as slow as 7 or 8 km during up slope. No shame I had to push bike at times hahaha 

Cause it really bad and felt hopeless at time .....


Hope this answer your questions^^                     


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Posted on: 13th Aug 2013 8:22 AM    Quote and Reply


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

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Posted on: 13th Aug 2013 10:41 AM    Quote and Reply


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Quote:
"Formerly posted by edng: great field report !!!

keep going !!

was everyday 90+ km ?  or were some days longer in the saddle vs other days?

any difficult or low points during your trip ?

I am so envious of you"



Thank you so much to answer your questions:


It an average about 100 to 130km a day as i had a few rest day in between. ( Itook the advice from a bro it not all about rushing through in about enjoying the process)


There a day I hit my highest record of 196km in a day cycle which I'm quite proud of haha. HAd to say cycling with a 50+ 60kg bicycle for that kind of distance is really not something you wanna do everyday.


High point would be the Great Australia Blight which i passby along the way the view was speechless and as it calving season I get to seen about 40 ++ whales at the same time some with their baby while the other are dating.


Low point would be the 1st week went I'm out of Perth and met with endless up down hill for at least 6 to 8 hr a day. And see Head wing included at time that can make my speed go as slow as 7 or 8 km during up slope. No shame I had to push bike at times hahaha 

Cause it really bad and felt hopeless at time .....


Hope this answer your questions^^                     "


Loving your ride report...very jealous haha! Pushing a bike weighing nearly 60kg must be a nightmare! Have you checked out this site:
http://ultralightcycling.blogspot.sg/

Just curious if you would eliminate anything you took with you on the last trip for the next trip?

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Posted on: 13th Aug 2013 10:41 PM    Quote and Reply


Continue from yesterday posting


A small town along the Wheat Belt of West Australia   



Nothing beat a hot coco on a cold chilling morning



back on road with rain and sunshine at the same time



more view on the road condition



Sun is setting , on the left the he train that is moving the wheat out to perth


  


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Posted on: 13th Aug 2013 11:07 PM    Quote and Reply


Some interesting information on amazing things that can happen in a town



There seen to be a museum in town and this is a good example of one that i found along my way



and more...



Sky get dark again,,,,, yup that rain cloud not sun set....



Railway track along the way



Up up and away..... yup it actually a slope and it steep



and they alway follow one and another....



an ex- professional germany cyclist i met along the way


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Posted on: 13th Aug 2013 11:34 PM    Quote and Reply


Quote:
"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!   


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Posted on: 14th Aug 2013 1:15 AM    Quote and Reply


Thanks !!!  You really are a gold mine of information !!

Any mechanical problems with the bike/panniers/racks? 

What tyres were you on ?  Any punctures ?


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Posted on: 14th Aug 2013 10:30 PM    Quote and Reply


Quote:
"Formerly posted by edng: Thanks !!!  You really are a gold mine of information !!

Any mechanical problems with the bike/panniers/racks? 

What tyres were you on ?  Any punctures ?


"



Nope no problem at all for all rack and pannier and bike.

Surly frame and fork is indeed a good tour bike which hold everything together without breaking apart due to the weight.   


My front rack is Surly nice rack is stiff and strong, Rear is Tubus Mini which take up to 30kg easily with no much problem


Ortlieb panniers well really nothing bad to talk about other than been a bit pricey


For both my tires and inner tubes after the 1st pump i did not do anything to it till the end no punture or anything.


Tires are Schwalbe Marathon Green Guard and inner tube is kenda.


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