When I bought a bicycle in Melbourne and decided that I was going to ride it across Australia’s Outback, I literally had no idea what I was doing (but I did know how to ride I bike, so I had that going for me).
Along the way I learned a lot about bicycles, Australia, and the smell of rotting kangaroo carcases (perhaps the most important lesson of all). I saw (some) animals, met some amazing people, and beheld some incredible sights.
There were good days, bad days, horrible days, and “my god, someone please put me out of my misery” days. The trip was a success in many regards (I made it to my destination without incuring serious injury or death) and a failure in others (I didn’t see a single living snake in the whole of Australia).
Here’s a look at some of my favorite photos from the 2,428.24 mi / 3,907.04 km journey across one of the most inhospitable landscapes on Earth.