"OH MAH GAWD! Riding your bike at night is so dangerous!" This is the most common reaction people have when I tell them I've started bicycling at night to avoid the blistering heat of the day. However, the assumption that bicycle riding at night is somehow more dangerous than bicycling riding
Australia Bike Tour Day 54: It’s So Hot
The Outback is not a very hospitable place for bicyclists (mostly thanks to the flies and wind), and you can be assured that I would not be bicycling across it were it not the middle of Australia's winter. Until now, the sun and the heat have not been too great of obstacles (the rain has had a
Australia Bike Tour Day 53: Hot Springs
Since making it north of the Tropic of Capricorn, I've begun to see subtle changes in the landscape - most notably the shift away from "endless desert wasteland in every direction". I can't quite decide if this fact brings me overwhelming joy or soul-crushing sadness. With the green comes more
Australia Bike Tour Day 52: Mrs. Molly The Shopping Trolley
People tell me I'm crazy for bicycling across Australia, but I know from experience that the things I've elected to do with my life barely scratch the surface of the truly crazy adventures in the world. Case and point? Mrs. Molly the Shopping Trolley. Yes, today I met an awesome man from
Australia Bike Tour Day 51: The Longest Ride
Two weeks ago, I managed to ride 123 mi / 199 km from Erldunda to Alice Springs in a single day - I was impressed with myself. That being said, I would be lying if I said I wasn't bothered by the fact that I was a mere kilometer away from hitting 200 (that's only 0.6 mi). Not that I care about or
Australia Bike Tour Day 50: Broken Spoke
Over the course of this ride I've developed and refined my routines for making and breaking camp. From half awake inside my sleeping bag to fully packed and ready ride took me close to an hour during the first week of this journey. I've managed cut that time down to just fifteen minutes (so long
Australia Bike Tour Day 49: The Devils Marbles
Yesterday, I went into detail discussing the numerous Outback attractions awaiting adventurers in Australia's immense red center, but today I discovered that my list omitted a much-frequented place known as the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu). I've heard whispers of this place from the Grey Nomads
Australia Bike Tour Day 48: Tailwind!
One of the first things I learned not to underestimate on a bicycle tour was the wind (followed by: flies, butt chafe, and the smell of roadkill). Although the rain has come close, the wind is the only thing that's given me reason to fall from my bike and cry in the dirt on the side of the road.